AUTHORWarner, Sir Frederick / Kirchmann, René J. C., Eds.
TITLEScope 59 Nuclear Test Explosions: Envrionmental and Human Impacts
PUBLISHERJohn Wiley and Sons
CITYNew York, NY

The 59th study in a series compiled by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), this book presents the 1999 findings on the health effects of nuclear fallout on human populations in areas adjacent to nuclear test sites over time. Contributing authors are scientists from a variety of disciplines and countries. While directed to a scientific audience, the information may be of use to a general audience as well. The book is organized into major topic areas: Nuclear Weapons Test Programs, Environmental Contamination, Pathways for Internal and External Exposure, Estimation of Doses, Health Effects, and Fallout Models. Careful examination of meteorological data and population medical records allows the authors to theorize pathways by which radionuclides reach human beings and to estimate the doses of radiation received by populations from initial and continuing exposure until present. Using data on nuclear weapons test programs around the world and historical nuclear explosions, the authors estimate populations’ exposure at test sites such as Nevada, the Pacific, Semipalatinsk, and Lob Nor. Numerous maps, charts, equations, and graphs as well as a glossary supplement the text. The study is one of the RADTEST (Radiation from Nuclear Test Explosions) studies initiated by the International Council for Science.

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