UWE environmental radioactivity research featured on the BBC

The recent BBC documentary In the Shadow of Chernobyl featured research from Hub member the University of the West of England into environmental radioactivity and radionuclide behaviour.

Professor Neil Willey leads the UWE team that is part of the Transfer, Exposure, Effects: Understanding Radioactivity in the Environment (TREE) project that featured in the news programme and article on the BBC.

This programme focuses on the exclusion zone surrounding Chernobyl nuclear plant and the impact on communities in the surrounding areas since the accident in 1986. This has been the main focus for the TREE project, that seeks to to reduce uncertainty in estimating the risk to humans and wildlife associated with exposure to radioactivity and to reduce unnecessary conservatism in risk calculations.

Transfer, Exposure, Effects: Understanding Radioactivity in the Environment (TREE)

TREE is one of three consortia funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Environment Agency (EA) and Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) under the Radioactivity And The Environment (RATE) programme.

The UWE Centre for Research in Biosciences are part of this consortium investigating the movement and effects radioactivity in the environment. The aim is to improve significantly predictions of radionuclide behaviour so that safety assessments have a secure scientific basis.

Find out more: https://tree.ceh.ac.uk/

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