Ensuring robust radiological risk assessment for wildlife: insights from the International Atomic Energy Agency EMRAS and MODARIA programmes.

Beresford, N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8722-0238, Beaugelin-Seiller, K, Barnett, C, Brown, J, Doering, C ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6178-8952, Caffrey, E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3530-099X, Johansen, M, Melintescu, A, Ruedig, E, Vandenhove, H, Vives I Batlle, J, Wood, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-2387, Yankovich, T L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3468-8205, Copplestone, D and beresford, N 2022, 'Ensuring robust radiological risk assessment for wildlife: insights from the International Atomic Energy Agency EMRAS and MODARIA programmes.' , Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection, 42 (2) .

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Abstract

In response to changing international recommendations and national requirements, a number of assessment approaches, and associated tools and models, have been developed over the last circa 20 years to assess radiological risk to wildlife. In this paper, we summarise international intercomparison exercises and scenario applications of available radiological assessment models for wildlife to aid future model users and those such as regulators who interpret assessments. Through our studies, we have assessed the fitness for purpose of various models and tools, identified the major sources of uncertainty and made recommendations on how the models and tools can best be applied to suit the purposes of an assessment. We conclude that the commonly used tiered or graded assessment tools are generally fit for purpose for conducting screening-level assessments of radiological impacts to wildlife. Radiological protection of the environment (or wildlife) is still a relatively new development within the overall system of radiation protection and environmental assessment approaches are continuing to develop. Given that some new/developing approaches differ considerably from the more established models/tools and there is an increasing international interest in developing approaches that support the effective regulation of multiple stressors (including radiation), we recommend the continuation of coordinated international programmes for model development, intercomparison and scenario testing. [Abstract copyright: © 2022 Society for Radiological Protection. Published on behalf of SRP by IOP Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 1361-6498
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 10:18
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 10:18
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/63946

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