Kashparov, V.; Levchuk, S.; Zhurba, M.; Protsak, V.; Khomutinin, Yu.; Beresford, N.A.; Chaplow, J.S.

Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Data comprise radionuclide deposition, radioactivity dose measurements, radioactive particle activity and physical characteristic information from soil samples collected within and around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) following the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.
Data include radiocaesium, radiostrontium and soil chemistry parameters from soils collected in 1997, plutonium isotope measurements in soil samples and soil layers collected in 2000 and 2001, 'Hot particle' dataset presenting radionuclide activity and some physical characteristics of 'hot particles' extracted from soils collected in the Ukraine and Poland between 1995 and 1997; and Ivankov region data (radionuclide activity concentrations and natural background dose measurements) from a survey of the Ivankov region, immediately to the south of the CEZ conducted in 2014.
Funding for preparing this data set was provided by the EU COMET project (http://www.radioecology-exchange.org/content/comet) and TREE (http://www.ceh.ac.uk/tree) project funded by the NERC, Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. under the RATE programme.

Publication date: 2017-07-24

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

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Kashparov, V.; Levchuk, S.; Zhurba, M.; Protsak, V.; Khomutinin, Yu.; Beresford, N.A.; Chaplow, J.S. (2017). Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/782ec845-2135-4698-8881-b38823e533bf

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1986-04-26    to    2014-12-31

Supplemental information

This dataset is cited by:

Kashparov, V., Levchuk, S., Zhurba, M., Protsak, V., Khomutinin, Y., Beresford, N. A., & Chaplow, J. S. (2018). Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Earth System Science Data, 10(1), 339-353

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology is a division of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine.
COMET (COordination and iMplementation of a pan-Europe instrumenT for radioecology) project
TRansfer - Exposure – Effects (TREE). Integrating the science needed to underpin radioactivity assessments for humans and wildlife.

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were dried, sieved (1 mm sieve) and homogenized. Sub-samples were taken from each sample for the determination of the total contents of radionuclides:
Gamma spectrometry measurements were performed using HPGe-detectors, of 30 % relative efficiency and 1.90 keV FWHM for 1333 keV (GEM-30185, EG&G ORTEC, USA) and a multichannel analyser (ADCAM-300, ORTEC, USA) using GammaVision32 software. The efficiency calibration was carried out for the 1 L Marinelli geometry using a spiked soil sample containing 241Am, 243Am, 152Eu, 154Eu, 137Cs, 40K. The average counting time was about 1 hour; for samples of lower activity the counting time was extended to obtain an acceptable error on the measurement (<30 % at 95th percentile confidence interval).
The activity of 90Sr was determined using a radiochemical method with treatment of the samples by boiling in 6M nitric acid for four hours.
Standard methods were used to determine organic matter content (GOST 26213-91), pHH2O (GOST 26423-85), pHKcl (GOST 26483-85), hydrolytic acidity (determined using the Kappen method (GOST 26212-91)), exchangeable Ca (GOST 26487-85), exchangeable K and P contents were determined using a method appropriate to the specific soil type (GOST 26207-91, GOST26204-91).

Correspondence/contact details

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Kashparov, V.
Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and CERAD CoE Environmental Radioactivity/Department of Environmental Sciences
Levchuk, S.
Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Zhurba, M.
Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Protsak, V.
Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Khomutinin, Yu.
Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Beresford, N.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chaplow, J.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Spatial

Spatial reference system
WGS 84 longitude-latitude (CRS:84)

Tags

Topic categories
Environment
INSPIRE Theme
Human Health and Safety
Keywords
Chernobyl Environmental risk Environmental survey nuclear power plant,  radioecology,  Ukraine