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Radiation Contamination Data Base


Development of a Sophisticated Computer Based Data System for Evaluation of the Radiation Legacy of the Former USSR and Setting Priorities on Remediation and Prevention Policy.

Tech Area / Field

  • ENV-MRA/Modelling and Risk Assessment/Environment

8 Project completed

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Senior Project Manager
Tyurin I A

Leading Institute
VNIIKhT (Chemical Technology), Russia, Moscow

Supporting institutes

  • Kurchatov Research Center / Scientifics-technological complex "System Analisis", Russia\nInterindustrial Innovational Research Association "Technological Risk and Human Safety", Russia\nKhlopin Radium Institute, Russia, St Petersburg\nAll-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Non-Organic Materials named after A. Bochvar, Russia, Moscow\nInstitute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russia\nIGEM (Geology & Mineralogy), Russia, Moscow\nMinistry of Defence, Russia\nMining and Chemical Complex, Russia, Krasnoyarsk reg., Zheleznogorsk\nMiscellaneous, Russia\nVNIPI Promtechnology, Russia, Moscow


  • British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) / Waste Disposal Research Group Sellafield R&D, UK, Cumbria, Seascale\nDutch Nuclear Corporation (DNC), The Netherlands, Amsterdam\nInternational Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria, Laxenburg\nEuropean Commission / Joint Research Center / Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Italy, Ispra

Project summary

Recently, a great deal of information has become available concerning the radiation legacy of the FSU. On initiative of Russian Academy of Sciences, MinAtom, RRC "KI" and IIASA the international project "Radiation Legacy of the Biosphere" is proposed. Initial phase of this project is supposed to be evaluation of this radiation legacy of the FSU by development of sophisticated, computer-based data system, relevant to setting priorities on remediation and prevention policy. The institutions listed in 1.3 will make efforts on three activities:
1) methodology of systems approach to data base creation;
2) data collection and analysis;
3) generation of advanced computer-based data system.

Information concerning the radiation legacy will be gathered on the nuclear facilities, storage facilities for navy reactor spent fuel, nuclear submarine accident sites, nuclear weapons and civilian test sites, NPPs and research reactors, the nuclear fuel cycle facilities (uranium mines, reprocessing plants, RW storage sites etc). The data set for each object will be structured into four categories: general information; physical, chemical and technical characteristics; geographical and geological data; social and institutional data.

The collection, evaluation and analysis of information will permit to involve former weapons scientists.

The creation of sophisticated, computer-based data system will take place stepwise as an iterative process, because some data are easily available while others require special collection and assessment methods. The workshops involving the potential users of data are provided in Russian institutions and IIASA likewise training of Russian specialists in IIASA in order to develop the advanced computer-based data systems. The delivery of draft and final reports is provided for named activities and creation likewise the creation of conceptual design for developing a fully operational data base system for radiation legacy of the FSU.


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