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Monitoring radioactivity in nuclear and radiological emergency in a European perspective: aims and means

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After the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, European countries have further enhanced their capacity and infrastructure for monitoring radioactivity in their environment. This paper gives a summary of the most commonly used techniques relevant to routine and nuclear and/or radiological emergency conditions, followed by a discussion of the various network types (routine, emergency preparedness, mobile monitoring) and some suggestions on how homogeneity of the monitoring information can be improved.

Keywords: measurement strategy, radiation measurements, air contamination measurement, in situ measurements, surface contamination sampling, environmental sampling, radioactivity monitoring, emergency management, emergency preparedness, mobile monitoring, air pollution, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nuclear emergency, nuclear safety, environmental pollution, radiological emergency,

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