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R1 - Environmental concentrations of radionuclides associated with the nuclear sector

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmeEnvironmental concentrations of radionuclides associated with the nuclear sector
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programme

OSPAR has agreed a coordinated reporting programme for environmental concentrations of radionuclides associated with the nuclear sector. Contracting Parties report national monitoring data where available for the indicator radionuclides H3, Tc99, Cs137 and Pu239,240 in seawater and for Tc99, Cs137 and Pu239,240 in fish, molluscs and seaweed. Data are reported to OSPAR annually using an agreed reporting format. The data are assessed in Periodic Evaluation reports.

[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Coordinated data reporting
BE, DE, DK, ES, FR, IE, IS, NL, NO, SE, UK   
[Contracting Parties supplying data] BE, DE, DK, ES, FR, IE, IS, NL, NO, SE, UK    
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"]  
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1995 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?By RSC subregion
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.marineSubregion

[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Environmental state and impacts
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).In-situ sampling offshore
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).PresInputCont
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants). 
[Element Monitored] H-3, Tc-99, Cs-137, Pu-239,240
[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.CONC-W
[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.


Cf. Agreement 2005-08: Data should only be reported to OSPAR for:
H-3, Tc-99, Cs-137 and Pu-239,240 for surface seawater (0.5 -4 m);
Tc-99, Cs-137 and Pu-239,240 for biota (fish, molluscs and seaweed)
Sampling and analysis carried out as per national monitoring programmes and requirements.

[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?National QA procedures for analysis are documented in OSPAR RSC Quality assurance for the monitoring of concentrations of radioactive substances in the marine environment (RSC 13/8/4-Rev.1)
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?Other QC - National QC through national and international validation exercises.
National QC in reporting of data through use of defined reporting format and QC before submission to RSC database by RSC task manager
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoringYearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.NotRelevant
[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3))
[Data Custodian] OSPAR
[Assessment Guidelines]
[Assessment tools available]
[Nature of data] Unprocessed
R1 - Environmental concentrations of radionuclides associated with the nuclear sector