Some recent publications dealing with radioecology and ecosystems

Forest Radioecology in Fukushima

Radiocesium Dynamics, Impact, and Future

Shoji Hashimoto, Masabumi Komatsu, Satoru Miura

This is an open access book that provides holistic information on the radioactive contamination of forests. Topics are highly interdisciplinary, ranging from the dynamics of radioactive cesium in forest ecosystems to the radiation protection or the socio-economic aspects of radiation effects. It is designed to help people understand the radioactive contamination in forests and provide hints of how to cope with it and restore their livelihoods.
2022 Open access


La dimension négligée du vivant

François Bréchignac, Lisa Cauvin

(in French)

Endangering the existence of living systems as we know it, the ecological crisis is generating planetary upheavals which have repercussions on all human societies. Our industrial societies, constructing a nature foreign to humans, often only see resources to be exploited according to a linear model which destroys the planetary ecosystem. This is how the ecosystem has become an element of language in the mouths of the ruling elites. But who really understands what it is? Adopting an ecosystem approach will allow us to respond to current environmental challenges. Overinvested in speeches but neglected in political decisions, it deserves to be better understood, even by science. This work highlights the ecosystem to evolve our way of understanding the world.


Sources and Consequences of Ionising Radiation in the Environment

R. J. Pentreath

Natural radiation arises from many sources, from the unstable atoms within our own bodies and in the materials around us, from the Sun, and even from beyond the Solar System. Additional sources include the legacy of testing nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and nuclear accidents. All these sources have provided means of dating environmental materials and tracing the movements of substances through land, sea, and air. But ionising radiation also interacts with DNA, which has led to a remarkable range of studies to examine how and how quickly these unstable atoms are accumulated by both humans and biota, and their various effects on both. Providing an overview of the sources, uses and impacts of ionising radiation in the environment, and the frameworks developed to manage exposures to them, this is a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers interested in radioecology, environmental science and radiological protection.

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