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Title: Artificial radiotracer applications in aquatic environment
Authors: Bandeira, JV
Hughes, CE
Keywords: Environmental impacts
Flow rate
Tracer techniques
Water resources
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Publisher: International Atomic Energy Agency
Citation: Bandeira, J. V., & Hughes, C. E. (2015). Artificial radiotracer applications in aquatic environment. In International Atomic Energy Agency (issuing body), Use of Radiotracers to Study Surface Water Processes (pp. 5-12). Viena: Intenational Atomic Energy Agency.
Series/Report no.: IAEA-TECDOC;1760
Abstract: The use of artificial radiotracers in the environment is analogous to their use in the human body. In both domains they provide data on flow rates and pathways, on exchange with materials and on their final discharge from the studied system. Artificially injected radiotracers have been used to investigate flow in natural waters since the 1950's. Identification of flow paths, diagnosis of blockages or leakage, measurement of flow rates, dispersion and exchange processes, such as biological uptake or sorption, are all aspects to which a wide range of artificial radioactive tracers have been applied. Increasingly radiotracers are used in combination with numerical modelling to improve confidence in the predictive capacity of models used in the management of our water resources and to extend their spatial applicability. In turn this allows us to use less and less tracer and demonstrate that the human and environmental impact of modern radiotracer studies is minimal. © The authors.
Gov't Doc #: 9582
ISBN: 9789201004154
ISSN: 1011-4289
Appears in Collections:Scientific and Technical Reports

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