What are the effects of radiation on wildlife? Discussing results from Chernobyl

Professor Nick Beresford (@Radioecology) of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology led the TREE (Transfer-Exposure-Effects) project, an international collaboration to investigate how to reduce uncertainty in estimating the risk to humans and wildlife of exposure to radioactivity. A major part of the project was fieldwork undertaken in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone.

Understanding the ecological impact of major fire in Chernobyl’s ‘Red Forest’

Professor Nick Beresford, a radioecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, is currently leading an international team of scientists to understand the ecological impact of a recent major forest fire near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He explains more:

The National Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded an urgency grant for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to lead a team studying the effects of a major fire which affected an area known as the ‘Red Forest’ near Chernobyl.

Chernobyl 30 years on - reviewing CEH research

At 01:23 on 26th April 1986 an experiment (to test reactor safety) was started at the number 4 reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine (then part of the USSR).

Less than a minute after the start of the experiment there was a steam explosion which blew the lid off the reactor and resulted in the largest accidental release of radioactivity into the environment in the history of nuclear power production.

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