Radioecology is an important part of radiation impact assessments and planning for environmental remediation. In addition, study of the behaviour of radionuclides can lead to better understanding of more general environmental processes, and of the behaviour of non-radioactive pollutants.
Some Terrestrial Environment Laboratory activities in radioecology are:
- Support for and coordination of radioecological research activities within the IAEA, Member States and international organisations.
- Provision of assistance to Member States who wish to assess site-specific past, present and future radiation levels in terrestrial environments, and to adopt suitable remediation strategies after re-leases of radionuclides into the environment.
- Contribution to the development of international guides and rules in the area of radiation protection of the environment. This includes documents related to evaluation proposals for the location of nuclear facilities, radioecological monitoring, and identification of optimal remediation actions.