Barnett, C.L. et al

Soil biological activity in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine, September 2005 and spring 2016

Data comprise site location, soil chemistry (pH, soil moisture), soil radionuclide activity concentrations (the isotopes measured were: Americium-241, Caesium-137, Plutonium-238, -239 and -240, Strontium-90 (K-40 and U-238 activity concentrations were estimated from stable element data) and soil biological activity (derived from application of bait lamina sticks) at 18 sites in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), Ukraine in 2016; data for four sites in 2005 are also presented. Estimate absorbed radionuclide dose rates to soil invertebrates and bacteria are also presented. The primary purpose of these data was to enable an evaluation of the potential impact of radiation on soil organisms. The work was carried out by UKCEH, Chernobyl Centre for Nuclear Safety and the University of Salford. Funding for this work was via the TREE project funded by NERC, Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. under the RATE programme.

Publication date: 2021-07-07

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Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Barnett, C.L.; Gashchak, S.; Wells, C.; Maksimenko, A.; Chaplow, J.; Wood, M.D.; Parekh, N.R.; Beresford, N.A. (2021). Soil biological activity in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine, September 2005 and spring 2016. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/19babe1c-b3a3-488c-b4fe-ebb4ab9237d8

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2005-09-27    to    2016-05-07

Provenance & quality

In 2005 four sites referred to as Low, Medium, High (on the basis of their anticipated soil radionuclide activity concentrations) and Dead (an area where pine trees were killed in 1986) were sampled. In 2016 a further 18 sites (categorised on the basis of simplified habitat groups: ‘Coniferous’ or ‘Deciduous’ woodland; ‘Red Forest’) were sampled. Bait lamina sticks were applied to the soil and left for 18 days. After removal the bait lamina sticks were wiped and assessed for evidence of feeding. After removal of the bait lamina, soil was sampled and measurements of pH, moisture content and radionuclide activity concentrations were determined.
Field notes were transposed to MSExcel files, bait lamina readings and basic soil chemistry data were directly input to MSExcel files and radionuclide activity concentration data were supplied to UKCEH by Chornobyl Center as MSExcel files. All data were supplied to EIDC as csv files.

Correspondence/contact details

Beresford, N.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Barnett, C.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gashchak, S.
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety
Wells, C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maksimenko, A.
Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety
Chaplow, J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, M.D.
University of Salford
Parekh, N.R.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Beresford, N.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Activity concentration,  annelid,  bacteria,  CEZ,  Chernobyl,  detritivorous arthropod,  dose rate,  Environmental risk radionuclide
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L000393/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:28