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Data set name

Artificial radionuclides in the waters of the north west European Shelf Seas (1972-)

Data holding centreCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1972 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Irish Sea, English Channel, Malin Shelf, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea

Observations 
Parameters

Electrical conductivity of the water column; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Radioactivity in the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column

Instruments

CTD; particle sizers; discrete water samplers

Description 
Summary

The distribution of artificial radionuclides released into the marine environment as a result of fuel reprocessing (Sellafield, La Hague, Dounreay), the normal operation of nuclear power stations (e.g. Sizewell, Winfrith, UK) and inadvertent releases (e.g. Chernobyl) have been investigated in detail. Annual surveys of caesium in the Irish Sea were carried out throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with less frequent surveys in more distant waters. Speciation measurements and Kd determinations have been made on many occasions for the transuranium radionuclides. Technetium and antimony measurements in the Channel and southern North Sea have been made as part of a collaborative EC MAST project. Two Irish Sea models have been developed to assist in the interpretation of the data. CTD and salinity data are also available.

OriginatorsCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Data web sitehttp://www.cefas.co.uk/
Availability 
OrganisationCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
AvailabilityLicence
ContactContracts Office, CEFAS, Lowestoft
Address

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 OHT
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1621 562244
Facsimile+44 (0)1502 513865
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1029046
Global identifier425
Last revised2009-05-22