Radioactivity and the Environment

Science priorities

Science areas included in the scope of the RATE programme:

The Chapel Cross nuclear power plant, after demolition of the cooling towers.

  • improved knowledge of biogeochemical coupling including multiphase transport processes
  • technological innovation for rock mass characterisation at a range of spatial scales
  • learning from natural radioactive analogues and man-made contaminated environments
  • natural laboratories to underpin models and assessments
  • innovative approaches to ecosystem/food chain radionuclide uptake processes for key radionuclides relevant to waste disposal facilities and contaminated land
  • improved understanding of effects of chronic exposure on plants and animals

There is also a cross-cutting theme including enhanced capabilities in model testing, scientific demonstration of robustness and quantification of uncertainty.