Environmental Protection from Ionising Contaminants in the Arctic (EPIC)

Updated 2000-10-23

(1) Collate information relating to the environmental transfer and fate of selected radionuclides through aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the Arctic. (2) Identify reference Arctic biota that can be used to evaluate potential dose rates to biota in different terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments (3) Model the uptake of a suite of radionuclides, both natural and anthropogenic to reference Arctic biota (4) Develop a reference set of dose models for reference Arctic biota (5) Compile data on dose-effects relationships and assessments of potential radiological consequences for reference Arctic biota (6) Integrate assessments of environmental impact from radionuclides with those for other contaminants.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2003
Data collection
2000 - 2003
Data processing
2000 - 2003
Data reporting
2000 - 2003

Contact information

Contact person
Per Strand
P.O.Box 55 N-1332 Oesteraas Norway
+47 67 16 25 00
+47 67 14 74 07

Parameters and Media

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

Once reference organisms have been defined, more detailed investigations of (a) terrestrial, (b) freshwater and (c) marine environment will be conducted in the fulfilment of the sub-objective : to identify appropriate models for the prediction of radionuclide contamination of biota within the Arctic.


Regions studied
Radioactivity TDC

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
Deliverable - Deliverable title - Delivery date D1 - «Reference Arctic organisms» - 12th month D2 - «Report on currently-available Internal and External dose models» - 18th month D3 - «Transfer and uptake models for reference organisms» - 26th month D4 - «Internal and External dose - models» - 28th month D5 - «Dose effects relationships for reference Arctic biota» - 30th month D6 - «Criteria and standards for protection of the Arctic environment from ionising radiation» - 33th month
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

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

(1) The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norway) (2) SPA TYPHOON (Russia) (3) Research and Technical Center (RTCP) of The Institute of Radiation Hygiene (Russia) (4) The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

European Commission, The Fifth Framework Programme

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