Project: Metrology for radiological early warning networks in Europe

A major nuclear accident on the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima would require early and reliable knowledge of radioactivity concentrations in the air, as well as any subsequent contamination of the land. The public needs to be protected from direct exposure as well as from the intake of radioactivity through breathing in contaminated air, or eating and drinking contaminated food and water. All European countries operate early warning networks, with about 5000 monitoring stations currently active. However, many of these stations are based on simple detector designs and require further data analysis before any decisive action can be taken. This project will develop devices and methods to harmonise the data collected and improve comparisons between different stations and networks. It will also develop new measurement techniques that allow different types of measurements to be made simultaneously. This will result in the faster and more coordinated response of European authorities in the event of a nuclear emergency.

Acronym ENV57 MetroERM (Reference Number: ENV57)
Duration 01/06/2014 - 31/05/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
3 Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnologicas Partner Spain
4 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
5 Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile Partner Italy
6 Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Fizica si Inginerie Nucleara "Horia Hulubei" Partner Romania
7 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
8 JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission Partner European Union
9 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
10 Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie, Centre d'Etude de l'Energie Nucléaire, Fondation d’Utilité Publique Partner Belgium
11 Türkiye Atom Enerjisi Kurumu Partner Turkey
12 Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz Observer Germany
13 Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire Observer France
14 Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis Greece
15 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain