Summary and recommendations from the workshop 'Integrating measurements and atmospheric-dispersion modelling to enhance the UK response to radiological atmospheric releases'

Luke M. Western*, Sarah C. Millington, Peter Bedwell, William Watson

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Abstract

Effective preparedness and response to an atmospheric release following a radiological incident relies on information concerning the source, transport and eventual removal of the contaminant. A notable improvement to emergency preparedness and response in the UK to airborne releases of radiological contaminants can be achieved through the integration of information sources, in particular environmental radiological measurements and atmospheric-dispersion modelling. A one-day workshop was organised by the UK Met Office and the University of Bristol, comprising private nuclear facility operators, public bodies, academia and others, on 6 February 2020 in Bristol, UK. The workshop reviewed the current capabilities and challenges of measurements and modelling of airborne radiological contaminants and their integration, and identified improvement pathways. This memorandum provides a summary of recommendations from the workshop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-919
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radiological Protection
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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Keywords

  • atmospheric-dispersion modelling
  • data integration
  • emergency preparedness
  • emergency response
  • environmental measurements
  • inverse modelling
  • radiological incidents

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