Radioactivity in the Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444829542, 9780080540245

Radioactivity in the Environment

1st Edition

Physicochemical aspects and applications

Authors: Vlado Valkovic
eBook ISBN: 9780080540245
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444829542
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 26th September 2000
Page Count: 696
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Numerous sources of ionizing radiation can lead to human exposure: natural sources, nuclear explosions, nuclear power generation, use of radiation in medical, industrial and research purposes, and radiation emitting consumer products. Before assessing the radiation dose to a population one requires a precise knowledge of the activity of a number of radionuclides. The basis for the assessment of the dose to a population from a release of radioactivity to the environment, the estimation of the potential clinical heath effects due to the dose received and, ultimately, the implementation of countermeasures to protect the population, is the measurement of radioactive contamination in the environment after the release.

It is the purpose of this book to present the facts about the presence of radionuclides in the environment, natural and man made. There is no aspect of radioactivity, which has marked the passing century, not mentioned or discussed in this book.


For chemical, environmental and engineering departments of universities, and research institutions.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Radioactive Nuclides in Nature
    3. Technologically Modified Exposure to Natural Radiation
    4. Man Made Radioactivity
    5. Measurements of Radioactivity
    6. Radiation Safety
    7. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
    8. The Bomb
    9. Monitoring Accidentally Released Radionuclides in the Environment
    10. Bomb Test Sites
    11. International Safeguards
    12. Environmental Monitoring for Safeguards
    13. Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty


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About the Author

Vlado Valkovic

Affiliations and Expertise

Ruder Bošković Institute, Bijenicka c. 54, Zagreb, Croatia