Movement of radionuclides in terrestrial ecosystems by physical processes

Lynn R. Anspaugh, Steven L. Simon, Konstantin I. Gordeev, Ilya A. Likhtarev, Reed M. Maxwell, Sergei M. Shinkarev

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Physical processes that effect the movement of radionuclides in the temperate environments post-deposition are considered in this paper. The physical processes considered include the interception of radionuclides by vegetation, resuspension, and vertical migration in soil. United States and Russian results on the interception of radionuclides are reviewed and defined in terms of models that are currently undergoing evaluation and revision. New results on resuspension are evaluated, and a preliminary new model for the time-dependent resuspension factor is proposed. Chernobyl-related results on the movement of radionuclides into the soil column are presented, as is a revised model for this process based upon recent results from Ukraine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-679
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Epidemiology


  • Environmental
  • Fallout
  • National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
  • Radioactivity
  • Radionuclide


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