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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals
Author(s): Brown, Justin
Alfonso, Boris
Avila, Rodolfo Moreno
Beresford, Nicholas A
Copplestone, David
Hosseini, Ali
Keywords: Environmental risk assessment
Non-human biota
ERICA tool
Issue Date: Mar-2016
Citation: Brown J, Alfonso B, Avila RM, Beresford NA, Copplestone D & Hosseini A (2016) A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 153, pp. 141-148.
Abstract: A new version of the ERICA Tool (version 1.2) was released in November 2014; this constitutes the first major update of the Tool since release in 2007. The key features of the update are presented in this article. Of particular note are new transfer databases extracted from an international compilation of concentration ratios (CR wo-media) and the modification of ‘extrapolation’ approaches used to select transfer data in cases where information is not available. Bayesian updating approaches have been used in some cases to draw on relevant information that would otherwise have been excluded in the process of deriving CRwo-media statistics. All of these efforts have in turn led to the requirement to update Environmental Media Concentration Limits (EMCLs) used in Tier 1 assessments. Some of the significant changes with regard to EMCLs are highlighted.
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Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

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