Radioecology: Why Bother?

Emily Amanda Caffrey, Mary Elizabeth Leonard, Jonathan Bamberger Napier, Delvan Reed Neville, Kathryn Ann Higley
2014 Journal of Environmental Protection  
The importance of radioecology to the discussion of radioactive contamination is discussed here. This paper discusses the history of radioecology, alongside the most recent developments in the science. It describes the need for more environmental data, and explains where the gaps in current knowledge lie. The calculation of radiation dose to wildlife along with the complications in performing such calculations is discussed. The paper also tackles the difficult question of the implications of
more » ... implications of radioecology on nuclear waste management and site decommissioning policies. From the beginnings of the science to today, radioecology is poised to be an important field of study as humans continue to rely on ionizing radiation to improve their lives.
doi:10.4236/jep.2014.53022 fatcat:wzqdpeu7effixb2nr3cbe3v66q