Airborne Radioactive Contamination in Inhabited Areas, Volume 15

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: K.G. Andersson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080449890
eBook ISBN: 9780080914251
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 9th September 2009
Page Count: 368
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Table of Contents


  1. Potential sources of contamination in inhabited areas 1.1. Introduction 1.2. Background 1.3. Accidents at nuclear installations 1.4. Accidents with highly radioactive sources 1.5. Transport accidents 1.6. Nuclear powered satellites entering the atmosphere 1.7. Malicious use of radiation and radiological terrorism 1.8. References
  2. The dispersion, deposition and resuspension of atmospheric contamination in the outdoor urban environment 2.1. Introduction 2.2. Modelling of radionuclide dispersion 2.3. Physical forms of radionuclides in the environment 2.4. Dry deposition 2.4.1. Atmospheric dry deposition mechanisms 2.4.2. Physical factors affecting deposition velocity 2.4.3. Dry deposition in the urban environment 2.5. Wet deposition 2.5.1. The below-cloud scavenging of particulate materials 2.5.2. The wet deposition of gases 2.5.3 Retention of deposited material by surfaces 2.5.4. Deposition in fog or cloud 2.6. The resuspension of deposited material 2.6.1. Factors affecting resuspension 2.6.2. Wind generated resuspension 2.6.3. Resuspension from roads 2.7. References
  3. Airborne contamination inside dwellings 3.1. Introduction 3.2. Ingression of contaminants into dwellings 3.3. Deposition and removal of contaminants on indoor surfaces 3.3.1. Deposition Background theory A review of experimental research to establish likely ranges of deposition parameter values A review of experimental work to establish influencing factors<BR id


For many decades, investigations of the behaviour and implications of radioactive contamination in the environment have focused on agricultural areas and food production. This was due to the erroneous assumption that the consequences of credible contaminating incidents would be restricted to rural areas. However, due to the Chernobyl accident, more than 250,000 persons were removed from their homes, demonstrating a great need for knowledge and instruments that could be applied to minimise the manifold adverse consequences of contamination in inhabited areas. Also, today the world is facing a number of new threats, including radiological terrorism, which would be likely to take place in a city, where most people would become directly affected. A recent report from the US Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism concludes that it is most likely that a large radiological, or even nuclear, terror attack on a major city somewhere in the world will occur before 2013.

For the first time ever, the specific problems of airborne radioactive contamination in inhabited areas are treated in a holistically covering treatise, pinpointing factorial interdependencies and describing instruments for mitigation. The state-of-the-art knowledge is here explained by leading scientists in the various disciplines of relevance.

Key Features

  • Unique holistic description of airborne radioactive contamination of inhabited areas and its consequences
  • State-of-the-art information on problems associated with both accidental and malicious contamination events, in particularly 'dirty bombs'
  • Detailed description of processes and parameters governing the severity of contaminating incidents
  • Written by key experts in the world


ecologists, environmental scientists


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About the Series Volume Editors

K.G. Andersson Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark