Influencing public perceptions on radiation protection issues

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Three examples were given  all based on published UNSCEAR data  on how people's perception of radiation risk can be influenced by the choice of the dataset and the way the data is presented and discussed. • The first example compares the population exposure from the nuclear fuel cycle in normal situations versus the situation after a nuclear accident. • The second looks at the population exposure in the most contaminated areas from the Chernobyl accident versus what if the wind at the time of the explosion blew to Pripyat city instead of to the red forest. • The last example is more a personal observation on the protection of plants and animals in the environment in normal operating conditions versus our experience on the effects from accidental discharges.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnalen van de Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming
Place of PublicationBrussel, Belgium
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
EventEthical issues in radiological protection - Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming, Brussel, Belgium
Duration: 19 Jun 201519 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameAnnalen van de Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming
NumberVol. 40, n° 2, 2015


ConferenceEthical issues in radiological protection


  • UNSCEAR, public perception, Fukushima, Chernobyl

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