The COMET project (Coordination and Implementation of a pan European instrument for Radioecology) aims to improve and integrate research on the impact of radiation on humans, the human food chain and the environment, particularly the protection of wildlife.
COMET is an EU-funded project comprising 13 core consortium partners. The consortium will develop strong mechanisms for knowledge exchange and dissemination to enhance and maintain European capacity, competence and skills in radioecology. More partners will join the team following research calls, including partners from the COMET-RATE and COMET-FRAME projects
The project will identify, quantify and evaluate:
- exposure to environmental radioactivity of humans and other organisms
- potential biological effects and associated risks to wildlife for a wide range of environmental situations
- effectiveness of mitigating measures suitable for responding to nuclear accidents and other contaminating events
There are four topic areas:
- Joint programming and implementation - expanding the alliance
- Improving and validating radioecology models
- Challenges in chronic low dose effects and risk assessment
- Knowledge exchange
The COMET project complements and builds upon the foundations laid by the ongoing STAR EU Network of Excellence. The Radioecology Exchange will host other information such as data generated by COMET and STAR. All three initiatives involve radioecologists from CEH.