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Data set name

South Ayrshire Council, Radiation Monitoring Scheme (1985-)

Data holding centreSouth Ayrshire Council, Environmental Health Service
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1985 onwards; all radiation data are compiled on a calendar year basis and information is available to the present date.
OngoingYes
Geographical area

10 sites are monitored on a monthly basis from Barassie Shore in the north of the district to Finnarts Bay in the extreme south of the area.

Observations 
Parameters

Macroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts; Radioactivity in biota; Fish abundance in water bodies; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Macroalgae and seagrass infection and damage; Stable isotope enrichment in biota; Stable isotope enrichment in sediment pore waters; Geological sample radioactivity; Stable isotope enrichment in sediment; Radioactivity in the water column; Stable isotope enrichment in the water column; Solar Radiation

Instruments

Radiometers; discrete water samplers; sediment grabs; manual biota samplers

Description 
Summary

Ten sites within South Ayrshire are monitored on a quarterly basis to obtain background readng levels from cosmic radiation and from naturally occurring isotopes in the earth's crust. The radiation monitoring scheme is run in conjunction with Glasgow Scientific Services. As part of the monitoring programme, the following samples were taken in 1999: Seaweed - 4 samples Seawater - 5 samples Sediment - 8 samples Fish - 4 samples Shellfish - 1 sample Although radioactive pollutants were found in all but 2 of these samples, the levels obtained were well below limits laid down by recognised bodies.

OriginatorsSouth Ayrshire Council, Environmental Health Service
Availability 
OrganisationSouth Ayrshire Council, Environmental Health Service
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactJames G. Millar (Head of Environmental Health Services)
Address

South Ayrshire Council, Environmental Health Service
Town Hall 5/9 High Street
Ayr
Scotland
KA7 1LU
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 01292 618222
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1028001
Global identifier386
Last revised2009-12-01