[ RadSafe ] Birds and radioactivity

Robert J Gunter rjgunter at chpconsultants.com
Mon Mar 5 12:38:52 CST 2012

I am working with a  research group to monitor swallows in Japan with TLD.
They are also doing work at Chernobyl on birds.  Some species of birds come
back to the same nest year after year, which makes banding and re-catching
feasible.  For these birds we will have actual dose numbers (external
anyway) and are working to do fast whole body counts of them too.  As you
can imagine, location is everything in regard to dose.  I guess that means
the most important things in real estate is location, location, location,
and location.


Robert J. Gunter, MSc, CHP
CHP Consultants/CHP Dosimetry
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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Street
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 11:40 AM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Birds and radioactivity

The Economist has an article saying that more radioactivity, fewer birds,
and the problem is twice as bad at Fukushima as Chernobyl.


One problem is that the reason they give at the end is so unlikely
(different composition of radionuclides). Another is a question about who is
doing the inventory at 35 µSv/hour locations, and how good the inventory is.
Best wishes, 
Karen Street
Friends Energy Project
blog http://pathsoflight.us/musing/index.php

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