Congress Spotlight #72 – Radioactive Contamination and Forests: Learning Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima

The IUFRO World Congress offers a timely opportunity to bring together specialists in forest radioecology to promote the understanding of radioactive contamination of forests after a severe nuclear accident.

The effects of radioactive contamination vary widely, depending on the type and level of the accident, the tree type, soil type, topography, socio-economic conditions and local and national responses.

After the Chernobyl accident it was quickly realized that ‘radioecology' is a multidisciplinary field that needs the complementary skills of physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, engineers, social scientists, psychologists and others to fully understand the impacts of radioactive contamination on forests and other ecosystems.

Dr. Satoru Miura, Director of Japan's Center for Forest Restoration and Radioecology, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, is the chair of coordinators at a Congress session entitled: Current understanding and future challenges for forest research after the two nuclear accidents of Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Further reading:

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