Beresford, N.A.; Barnett, C.L.; Jones, D.G.; Wood, M.D.; Appleton, J.D.; Breward, N.; Copplestone, D.

Natural radionuclide concentrations in soil, water, sediment and biota in England and Wales

Data comprise estimates of activity concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides (40K, 238U and 232Th series radionuclides) in environmental media (soil and stream sediments and waters) and non-human biota (focusing on the ICRP Reference Animals and Plants). For soil, stream sediments and stream waters data were derived from total K, U and Th concentrations mainly from the ongoing geochemical survey of the United Kingdom (G-BASE), conducted by the British Geological Survey. The geochemical survey data are currently incomplete for England and Wales, but almost complete coverage was obtained for K in stream sediments by using the Wolfson Atlas data for southern England. For U and Th in sediments and K, U and Th in soils, more complete coverage was achieved by geological extrapolation (using relationships between soils/sediments and bedrock/superficial geology). For media and sediments, datasets are provided for both: (i) geometric mean concentrations from measured samples on a 5 x 5 km square basis where data are available; and (ii) extrapolated surfaces covering all of England and Wales. Data for non-human biota are from targeted sampling and analyses and data review.

Publication date: 2015-11-18

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

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

You must cite: Beresford, N.A.; Barnett, C.L.; Jones, D.G.; Wood, M.D.; Appleton, J.D.; Breward, N.; Copplestone, D. (2015). Natural radionuclide concentrations in soil, water, sediment and biota in England and Wales. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/bb2d7874-7bf4-44de-aa43-348bd684a2fe

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1984-09-01    to    2006-01-01

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Hosseini, A., Beresford, N. A., Brown, J. E., Jones, D. G., Phaneuf, M., Thørring, H., & Yankovich, T. (2010). Background dose-rates to reference animals and plants arising from exposure to naturally occurring radionuclides in aquatic environments. Journal of Radiological Protection, 30(2), 235-264
Beresford, N.A., Barnett, C.L., Jones, D.G., Wood, M.D., Appleton, J.D., Breward, N., Copplestone D. 2008. Background exposure rates of terrestrial wildlife in England and Wales. J. Environ. Radioact., 99, 1430-1439
Jones, D.G., Appleton, J.D., Breward, N., Mackenzie, A.C., Scheib, C., Beresford, N. A., Barnett, C.L., Wood, M.D., Copplestone D. Assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides around England and Wales: application of the G-BASE dataset to estimate doses to non-human species. Radioprotection (2009) 44, 629-634.
Hosseini, A., Beresford, N.A., Brown, J.E., Jones, D.G., Phaneuf, M., Thørring, H., & Yankovich, T. (2010). Background dose-rates to reference animals and plants arising from exposure to naturally occurring radionuclides in aquatic environments. Journal of Radiological Protection, 30(2), 235-264
Beresford, N.A., Appleton, J D., Barnett, C.L., Bescoby, M.W., Breward, N., Jones, D.G., MacKenzie, A.C., Scheib, C.,Thørring, H., Wood, M.D. 2007. Assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides around England and Wales. Science Project SC030283. ISBN: 1844325679. Environment Agency, Bristol.

Provenance & quality

Please download supporting information for full materials and methods. Alternatively refer to the following journal papers:
For soil, water and sediment data: Background exposure rates of terrestrial wildlife in England and Wales N.A. Beresford, C.L. Barnett, D.G. Jones, M.D. Wood, J.D. Appleton, N. Breward, D. Copplestone. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 99 (2008) 1430-1439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2008.03.003
For biota data: Assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides around England and Wales: Application of the G-BASE dataset to estimate doses to non-human species Jones, D. G., Appleton, J. D., Breward, N., Mackenzie, A. C., Scheib, C., Beresford, N. A., … Copplestone, D. (2009). Assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides around England and Wales: Application of the G-BASE dataset to estimate doses to non-human species. Radioprotection, 44(5), 629–634. https://doi.org/10.1051/radiopro/20095116

Correspondence/contact details

Professor Nick Beresford
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Beresford, N.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Barnett, C.L.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jones, D.G.
British Geological Survey
Wood, M.D.
University of Salford
Appleton, J.D.
British Geological Society
Breward, N.
British Geological Society
Copplestone, D.
School of Natural Sciences

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Owner
Natural Environment Research Council
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84

Tags

Topic categories
Environment , Geoscientific Information
Keywords
biota,  biota,  England Pollution potassium-40,  radioecology,  Radioecology sediment,  sediment,  Soil,  Soil,  Soil thorium,  uranium,  Wales water,  water
INSPIRE Theme
Human Health and Safety