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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2018-160
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30 years of European Commission Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring Database (REMdb) – an open door to boost environmental radioactivity research

Marco Sangiorgi1, Miguel A. Hernández Ceballos1, Giorgia Iurlaro2, Giorgia Cinelli1, and Marc de Cort1 Marco Sangiorgi et al.
  • 1European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy
  • 2ENEA, Ispra, 21027, Italy

Abstract. The Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring data bank (REMdb) was created in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident (1986) by the European Commission (EC) – DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), sited in Ispra (Italy). Since then it has been maintained there with the aim to keep a historical record of the Chernobyl accident and to store the radioactivity monitoring data gathered through the national environmental monitoring programs of the Member States (MSs). The legal basis is the Euratom Treaty, Chapter III Health and Safety, Articles 35 and 36, which clarifies that MSs shall periodically communicate to the EC information on environmental radioactivity levels. By collecting and validating this information in the REMdb, JRC supports the DG for Energy in its responsibilities in returning qualified information to the MSs (competent authorities and general public) on the levels of radioactive contamination of the various compartments of the environment (air, water, soil) on the European Union scale. The REMdb accepts data on radionuclide concentrations from EU MSs in both environmental samples and foodstuffs from 1984 onwards. To date, the total number of data records stored in REMdb exceeds five million, in this way providing the scientific community with a valuable archive of environmental radioactivity topics in Europe. Records stored in the REMDdb are publicly accessible until 2006 through an unrestricted repository ("REM data bank – Years 1984–2006" http://doi.org/10.2905/jrc-10117-10024). Access to data from 2007 onwards is granted only after explicit request, until the corresponding monitoring report is published. Each data record contains information describing the sampling circumstances (sampling type, begin-end time), measurement conditions (value, nuclide, apparatus, etc.), location and date of sampling and original data reference. In this paper the scope, features and extension of the REMdb are described in detail.

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REMdb was created in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident (1986) by the European Commission. Since then it has been maintained with the aim to keep a historical record of the Chernobyl accident and to store the radioactivity monitoring data gathered through the national environmental monitoring programs of the European Union Member States. To date, the total number of data records stored in REMdb exceeds five million, in this way providing a valuable archive for everyone.
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