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Vives i Batlle J, Ulanovsky AV & Copplestone D (2017) A method for assessing exposure of terrestrial wildlife to environmental radon (Rn-222) and thoron (Rn-220), Science of the Total Environment, 605-606, pp. 569-577.
A method is presented to calculate radiation dose rates arising from radon, thoron and their progeny to non-human biota in the terrestrial environment. The method improves on existing methodologies for the assessment of radon to biota by using a generalised allometric approach to model respiration, calculating dose coefficients for the ICRP reference animals and plants, and extending the approach to cover thoron in addition to radon-derived isotopes. The method is applicable to a range of environmental situations involving these radionuclides in wildlife, with an envisaged application being to study the impact of human activities, which bring NORM radionuclides to the biosphere. Consequently, there is a need to determine whether there is an impact on non-human biota from exposure to anthropogenically enhanced radionuclides.
radon; thoron; non-human biota; dose coefficients; International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
|Authors||Vives i Batlle Jordi, Ulanovsky Alexander V, Copplestone David|
|Publication date online||30/06/2017|
|Date accepted by journal||19/06/2017|
Science of the Total Environment: Volume 605-606