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Title: Towards an ecological modelling approach for assessing ionizing radiation impact on wildlife populations
Author(s): Vives i Batlle, Jordi
Biermans, Geert
Copplestone, David
Kryshev, Alexander
Melintescu, Anca
Mothersill, Carmel
Sazykina, Tatiana
Seymour, Colin
Smith, Karen
Wood, Michael D
Contact Email: david.copplestone@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Jun-2022
Date Deposited: 3-May-2022
Citation: Vives i Batlle J, Biermans G, Copplestone D, Kryshev A, Melintescu A, Mothersill C, Sazykina T, Seymour C, Smith K & Wood MD (2022) Towards an ecological modelling approach for assessing ionizing radiation impact on wildlife populations. Journal of Radiological Protection, 42 (2), Art. No.: 020507. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6498/ac5dd0
Abstract: The emphasis of the international system of radiological protection of the environment is to protect populations of flora and fauna. Throughout the MODARIA programmes, the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has facilitated knowledge sharing, data gathering and model development on the effect of radiation on wildlife. We present a summary of the achievements of MODARIA I and II on wildlife dose effect modelling, extending to a new sensitivity analysis and model development to incorporate other stressors. We reviewed evidence on historical doses and transgenerational effects on wildlife from radioactively contaminated areas. We also evaluated chemical population modelling approaches, discussing similarities and differences between chemical and radiological impact assessment in wildlife. We developed population modelling methodologies by sourcing life history and radiosensitivity data and evaluating the available models, leading to the formulation of an ecosystem-based mathematical approach. This resulted in an ecologically relevant conceptual population model, which we used to produce advice on the evaluation of risk criteria used in the radiological protection of the environment and a proposed modelling extension for chemicals. This work seeks to inform stakeholder dialogue on factors influencing wildlife population responses to radiation, including discussions on the ecological relevance of current environmental protection criteria. The area of assessment of radiation effects in wildlife is still developing with underlying data and models continuing to be improved. IAEA's ongoing support to facilitate the sharing of new knowledge, models and approaches to Member States is highlighted, and we give suggestions for future developments in this regard.
DOI Link: 10.1088/1361-6498/ac5dd0
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