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Data set name

Artificial radionuclides in the North East Atlantic (1982-)

Data holding centreCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1982 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

NE Atlantic

Observations 
Parameters

Radioactivity in biota; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Salinity of the water column; Geological sample radioactivity; Temperature of the water column; Radioactivity in the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column

Instruments

CTD; discrete water samplers; continuous water samplers; unconsolidated sediment corers

Description 
Summary

Concentrations of artificial radionuclides have been determined in sediments, surface and bottom waters, and biota (principally the rat-tail Coryphaenoides armatus) from on and around the NEA dumpsite for low level radioactive waste, which was used for packaged waste disposal up to 1982. The data were obtained to test some of the assumptions in the 1985 Size Suitability Review assessment model and estimate the extent, if any, of leakage from the drums. In addition, measurements of the natural radionuclide polonium-210 have been made to assess the radiation dose to marine organisms resulting from the natural radiation background.

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 identifier1029047
Global identifier426
Last revised2009-05-22