Wright, S.M.

Predicted Caesium-137 deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests

Prediction of Caesium-137 (Cs-137) deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. The methodology uses a ratio of Cs-137 deposition and precipitation measured at Milford Haven by the Atomic Energy Authority extrapolated across Great Britain using a 5 by 5 km resolution UKCIP precipitation dataset. The prediction is for 31 December 1985.

Publication date: 2016-09-15

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Format of the dataset : TIFF

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

You must cite: Wright, S.M. (2016). Predicted Caesium-137 deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/c3e530bf-af20-43fc-8b4b-92682233ff08

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1985-10-01    to    1985-12-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Wright, S.M., Howard, B.J., Strand, P. Nylen, T & Sickel, M.A.K. 1999 Prediction of 137Cs deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests within the Arctic. Environmental Pollution, 104, 131-143.

Provenance & quality

The methodlogy used to estimate Cs137 deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests was originally developed in the Artic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) to estimate rates of radiocaesium transfer from soil to vegetation and food products. The method was then used to estimate Cs137 deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in Great Britain to allow quantification of Cs137 from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
See also: Wright, S.M., Howard, B.J., Strand, P. Nylen, T & Sickel, M.A.K. 1999 Prediction of 137Cs deposition from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests within the Arctic. Environmental Pollution, 104, 131-143.

Correspondence/contact details

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

Authors

Wright, S.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Raster
Spatial reference system

Tags

Topic categories
Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
INSPIRE Theme
Human Health and Safety
Meteorological geographical features
Keywords
Atmospheric nuclear weapons tests,  Cs137,  England Great Britain,  Mapping precipitation,  Radiocaesium,  radioecology,  Radioecology rain,  Scotland Wales