Marine Radioecology

Volume 6 - Radioactive Risk SET Coordinated by Jean-Claude Amiard

Marine Radioecology

Jean-Claude Amiard, CNRS - University of Nantes, France

ISBN : 9781786307798

Publication Date : November 2022

Hardcover 336 pp

165.00 USD



The marine environment, in addition to a not insignificant background of “natural” radioactivity, has continued to receive inputs of radionuclides directly or indirectly through atomic fallout, discharges from the nuclear industry or from nuclear accidents. After their introduction, the fate of these radionuclides is complex with modifications of physicochemical forms, dispersion in marine water masses and adsorption onto sedimentary particles. Marine organisms then bioaccumulate these radionuclides to a greater or lesser extent, dispersing them via their burrowing activities, horizontal and vertical migrations or through food webs.

All of these phenomena lead to very variable radioactive contamination, depending on location and the nature of the marine environments concerned, and consequently, to very different doses of irradiation to marine organisms. The harmful effects of ionizing radiation on living marine organisms are felt at varying levels of biological organization from the molecule to the ecosystem, passing through the cell, the organ, the individual and the population. In the end, the radioactive risk for marine organisms can decline according to several situations, which can be normal, programmed or accidental.


1. General Information on Marine Radioecology and on Risk Assessment.
2. The Origins of Radionuclides in Marine Environments.
3. The Fate of Radionuclides in the Marine Environment.
4. The Fate of Radionuclides in the Marine Biosphere.
5. Radioactive Contamination of the Marine Environment and Monitoring Programs.
6. Radiation Doses Received by Marine Organisms.
7. Effects of Irradiation on Marine Organisms.
8. Characterization of Radioactive Risk in Marine Organisms.

About the authors/editors

Jean-Claude Amiard is a Doctor of Science (State) in radioecology, Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS (University of Nantes, France) and former Associate Professor in Quebec and China. He is the author of more than 250 publications, 80 books/chapters and 150 communications at international conferences.

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