Modelling remediation options for urban contamination situations

K. M. Thiessen*, K. G. Andersson, T. W. Charnock, F. Gallay

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The impact on a population from an event resulting in dispersal and deposition of radionuclides in an urban area could be significant, in terms of both the number of people affected and the economic costs of recovery. The use of computer models for assessment of urban contamination situations and remedial options enables the evaluation of a variety of situations or alternative recovery strategies in contexts of preparedness or decision-making. At present a number of models and modelling approaches are available for different purposes. This paper summarizes the available modelling approaches, approaches for modelling countermeasure effectiveness, and current sources of information on parameters related to countermeasure effectiveness. Countermeasure information must be applied with careful thought as to its applicability for the specific situation being modelled. Much of the current information base comes from the Chernobyl experience and would not be applicable for all types of situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-573
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The activities of the Urban Remediation Working Group and preparation of this manuscript have been supported in part by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under ORAU Requisition No. 5-18266 under DOE Prime Contract DE-AC-05-06OR23100 and by the International Atomic Energy Agency.


  • Countermeasures
  • Decontamination
  • Dose reduction
  • Modelling
  • Radioactivity
  • Remediation
  • Urban contamination


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