Indicator organisms for environmental radioactivity: Studies in the Faroe Islands

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Radioactive contamination of the Faroese environment derives mainly from nuclear weapons tests in the 1950's and 1960's and from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in April 1986. Radioactive discharges from Sellafield and La Hague are potential sources for anthropogenic radionuclides in the Faroese marine environment. This paper presents results from the Faroese part of the INDOFERN project. The 137Cs activity concentration has been measured in selected indicator organisms from the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments in the years 2002-2004. Results from earlier measurements during the last four decades are also presented. The indicator value of the organisms is discussed, and a ranking list is suggested in some cases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Summary Seminar within the NKS-B Programme 2002-2005
Subtitle of host publication24-25 October 2005, Tartu, Estonia
EditorsErkki Ilus
PublisherNKS-Nordic Nuclear Safety Research
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)87-7893-202-5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Radioecology
  • terrestrial radioecology
  • aquatic radioecology
  • indicator organisms
  • modelling
  • sampling
  • doses to man


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