Environmental modelling of NORM

R.S. O’Brien, P. McDonald, C. Yu, V. Koukouliou, L.W. Setlow, J. Horyna, D.P. Sanchéz, T. al-Khayat, P.W. Waggitt, Geert Olyslaegers, Theo Zeevaert, A. Canoba, V. Amado, K. Ivanova, Hildegarde Vandenhove

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    Abstract.Within the IAEA EMRAS programme, a working group was established to look at the modelling of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in a variety of environments. There are many models already available. However, guidance on how and when to apply specific models is lacking in many cases. Development of models has often been carried out without a clear understanding of the possible applications of the models. Some models have been developed only for specific applications in specific industries, and are not generally useful. The work carried out during this program has resulted in the identification of several important issues that require consideration in the selection and utilization of computer models for NORM risk assessment. These issues discussed below cover suitability, selection, use and misuse of available models, as well as training and guidance for modelers, and acquisition of data for model inputs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-28
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009

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