In 2013, CERAD CoE initiated long term basic research to improve the ability to accurately assess the radiological impact and risks from environmental radioactivity, also combined with other stressors. By focusing on key factors contributing to the uncertainties, CERAD represents a state-of-the-art research foundation for the advancement of tools and methods to better manage those risks. The scope includes man-made and naturally occurring radionuclides that were released in the past, those presently released, and those that potentially can be released in the future from the nuclear fuel cycle and from non-nuclear industries. Using a holistic scientific approach, the CERAD research focuses on different source term and release scenarios, ecosystem transfer of radionuclides, biological uptake and effects in organisms exposed to radiation combined with other stressors such as metals and UV radiation under varying temperature/climate conditions, to assess overall environmental impact and risks. The assessments will include possible impact not only on man and non-human organisms, but also economic and societal consequences, quite unique in an international context. Based on the strategic research agenda (SRA) major research achievements have been obtained during the years. Subsequently, the revised SRA and associated priorities cover new challenges to be focused during 2017-2021. As the present research effort of CERAD has made significant contributions to the development of radioecology internationally, it is believed that the revised CERAD research focus for the next period will play a major role when priorities are set on the international arena in the years to come.
CERAD 4th Annual Report is published
Published 7. March 2017 - 15:18 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:09