Environmental Radioactivity, Fifth Edition: From Natural, Industrial, and Military Sources

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9780122351556: Environmental Radioactivity, Fifth Edition: From Natural, Industrial, and Military Sources

Environmental Radioactivity is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the subject of radioactive contamination of the environment---from natural and manmade sources---covering incidents, accidents, industrial and military practices anywhere in the world. The book is essential reading for physical scientists studying the current and lasting effects of radiation. The book includes not only a full discussion and description of radioactivity in the environment, giving information about the sources (natural, industrial, military including accidents), quantitative descriptions of the contamination (spatial, temporal, chemical and physical forms), but also the dose impact (dose to members of the public or occupations) and health impact. In addition, discussion is provided on how and where radionuclides moves in the environment, the fundamental principles to assess those movements, limiting regulations on contamination, and clean up efforts. As such it is an indispensable and authoritative source of information for nuclear, regulatory, environmental, and health workers. This up-to-date new edition is, and will continue to be, a one-of-kind text, being both technical and readable, and is the definitive starting place for students, academicians, industrial researchers, or law and policy makers interested in the ``what, where, why or how'' of environmental radioactivity.

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Tom Gesell is a member of the Health Physics Society and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and serves on federal advisory committees and is a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has made close to 100 contributions to the scientific literature and has edited compendia on natural radiation and on contamination from nuclear weapons testing. Dr. Gesell has directed the Department of Energy's Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory located on the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory site where he managed numerous programs related to protection health and environment. Since 1991 Gesell has been a professor of health physics at Idaho State University where he also directs the ISU Environmental Monitoring Program and serves as University Radiation Safety Officer.

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