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

Dr. Vladivoj (Vlado) Valkovic, professor of physics, received his PhD in physics in 1964, with the thesis “Nuclear reactions with 14.4 MeV neutrons.” He was employed with the Institute Ruder Boskovic from 1961 until his retirement in 2004. During this time, he also worked at Rice University, Houston, Texas (1965-67, 1970-73, 1975-77, as a professor of physics) and International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria (1989-1996, as a Head of Physics-Chemistry-Instrumentation Laboratory). Since 2004 he has been active through his companies VALKOVIC Consulting and SAGITTARIUS Consulting. The list of his professional collaborations includes: Institute Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Associated member); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Legnaro (Padova), Italy (1986-1996: Guest scientist and fellow); Free University, Amsterdam, Holland (1981-1982: Visiting professor); University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia (1973-1975, 1977-1979: Professor of physics); University of Houston, Department of Physics Houston, Texas, USA (1971-1973: Adjunct professor). He is a fellow of American Physical Society and Institute of Physics (London), and he is the author of 18 books and more than 390 scientific and technical publications in major scientific journals in the research areas of nuclear physics and instrumentation application of nuclear techniques to problems in biology, medicine, environmental research and trace element analysis. His present interests include the role of trace elements in biological systems, influence of weak magnetic fields on trace element concentration factors and the role trace elements play in the origin of life in the Universe.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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