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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-71
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27 Sep 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD).
Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Valery Kashparov1,3, Sviatoslav Levchuk1, Marina Zhurba1, Valentyn Protsak1, Yuri Khomutinin1, Nicholas Beresford2, and Jacqueline Chaplow2 1Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Mashinobudivnykiv str.7, Chabany, Kyiv region, 08162 Ukraine
2NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, CEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Av., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
3CERAD CoE Environmental Radioactivity/Department of Environmental Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 1432 Aas, Norway
Abstract. The data set "Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone" was developed to enable data collected by the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology after the Chernobyl accident to be made publicly available. Data for samples collected between May 1986 (immediately after Chernobyl) to 2014 are presented. The dataset includes, results from comprehensive soil sampling across the Exclusion Zone (includes 137Cs, 90Sr and soil property data), Pu-isotopes activity concentrations in soils (including distribution in the soil profile), analyses of "hot" (or fuel) particles from the CEZ (data from across Europe are also included), results of monitoring in the Ivankov region adjacent to the Exclusion Zone. Recently, the CEZ was suggested as a "Radioecological Observatory" i.e., a radioactively contaminated site that will provide a focus for joint, long-term, radioecological research which will help address challenges identified for the field of radioecology. For this to be successful, relevant data for the CEZ need to be made openly available; indeed the deficiency of open data has been highlighted as one of the causes for the lack of scientific consensus with regard to published studies from within the CEZ and more recently areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima accident. The data presented here are a first step in this process.

The data and supporting documentation are freely available from the Environmental Information Data Centre under the terms and conditions of the Open Government Licence: https://doi.org/10.5285/782ec845-2135-4698-8881-b38823e533bf.


Citation: Kashparov, V., Levchuk, S., Zhurba, M., Protsak, V., Khomutinin, Y., Beresford, N., and Chaplow, J.: Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-71, in review, 2017.
Valery Kashparov et al.
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Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
V. Kashparov, S. Levchuk, M. Zhurba, V. Protsak, Y. Khomutinin, N. A. Beresford, and J. S. Chaplow
https://doi.org/10.5285/782ec845-2135-4698-8881-b38823e533bf
Valery Kashparov et al.

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Spatial datasets of radionuclide contamination in the Ukrainian Chernobyl Exclusion Zone describes data from analysis of samples collected (by the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology after the Chernobyl nuclear accident) between May 1986 and 2014 at sites inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and other areas of interest. The data and supporting documentation are freely available from the Environmental Information Data Centre: https://doi.org/10.5285/782ec845-2135-4698-8881-b38823e533bf.
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