Collaboration Network on EuroArctic Environmental Radiation Protection and Research (CEEPRA)

Updated 2016-05-02

The aim of the CEEPRA (Collaboration Network on EuroArctic Environmental Radiation Protection and Research) project is establishment of a cooperation network in the EuroArctic region, cross-border exchange of knowledge and skills, improvement of emergency preparedness capabilities and risk assessments in case of nuclear accidents in the region as well as raising awareness and knowledge in the general public and stakeholders with respect to the nature, common challenges and associated risks in the area of nuclear safety, emergency preparedness and radioactivity in the environment. The project will study the current state of radioactive contamination in terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the EuroArctic region by examining environmental samples collected from the Finnish Lapland, Finnmark and Troms in Norway, the Kola Peninsula and the Barents Sea. The results will provide updated information on the present levels, occurrence and fate of radioactive substances in the Arctic environments and food chains. Special attention will be given to collection and analyses of natural products widely used by population in Finland, Russia and Norway, such as berries, mushrooms, fish and reindeer meat. The region-specific risk assessments will be carried out through modelling and investigation of long-term effects of potential nuclear accidents in the EuroArctic region and possible impacts on the region’s indigenous population, terrestrial and marine environments, reindeer husbandry, the natural product sector, tourism and industries. Open seminars for general public and target groups will be arranged in Finland, Russia and Norway during the project implementation period to provide relevant information on radioactivity-related issues and the status in the region.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2011 - 2014
Data collection
2011 - 2013
Data processing
2011 - 2014
Data reporting
2011 - 2014

Contact information

Contact person
Anna Nalbandyan
Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Framsenteret, No-9296 Tromsø, Norway
+47 77750163
Other project contacts
Dina Solatie, Project Coordinator, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Regional office in Lapland, 96400 Rovaniemi, Finland, e-mail:

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine fish
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

alpha-, beta-, gamma-radioactivity (Cs-137, Sr-90, Tc-99, Am-241, Po-210, Pb-210, Pu-239+240, Ra-226) measured in soil, water, vegetation, sediments, seaweed, fish, berries, mushrooms


Regions studied
Radioactivity TDC
Other areas
Finnish Lapland, Finnmark and Troms in Norway, Murmansk oblast in Russia, t

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Radioactivity TDC
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Risto M, Vaaramaa K, Kasatkina N, Nalbandyan A, Paatero J, Reinikainen K & Solatie D (2011). CEEPRA - Collaboration Network on EuroArctic Environmental Radiation Protection and Research. Abstracts, International conference of the Nordic Society on Radiation Protection (NSFS), 22-25 August 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland, p. 95. Gwynn JP, Eikelmann IM, Møller B, Nalbandyan A, Nilssen J, Rudolfsen G (2012). Assessment of Environmental Radioactivity in Natural Food Products from Northern Norway. 13th International congress of the International Radiation Protection Association, Glasgow, Scotland (in press).
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

alpha-, beta-, gamma-spectrometry, radiochemistry

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

Intercomparison between partner countries laboratories is in the progress

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority Finland (STUK), the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute (MMBI) from Russia, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Pöyry Finland Oy. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute will take part in the project as well. The project coordinator is STUK (Finland).

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Kolarctic ENPI CBC co-funded project

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