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The EUropean Radiological Data Exchange Platform now exists for 20 years, and this milestone will be celebrated at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra on the 9th of March 2015 by means of a dedicated ceremony with keynote presentations, followed by a technical workshop at the Grand Palace Hotel in Varese from the 10th to 13th March 2015. The event focus is on progress and future improvements, international collaboration, new related projects and national network developments. Special attention will be given to the two major EURDEP consequences of the Fukushima accident, i.e. the further expansion of data exchange to airborne concentration and communication to the public.
During this workshop, the updated EURDEP system will also be launched. In this respect a map widget is one of the recently developed tools that addresses public users. It is an interactive map which can be included in any webpage and displays the public EURDEP data in a very simple, intuitive and more attractive way. Examples of this widget may be seen on the project and JRC web pages:
EURDEP facilitates the transmission of large datasets from environmental radioactivity and emergency preparedness monitoring networks. It makes radiation dose rate data from 39 organisations in 37 European countries, from about 4500 automatic stations available on an hourly basis and in addition from some 100 air concentration monitoring stations on a daily basis during an emergency, as well as under normal conditions.
On a global level, the JRC assists the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in developing its International Radiation Monitoring Information System (IRMIS), which was recently adopted on the basis of the EURDEP system. In this worldwide context, EURDEP will continue to act as the European real-time monitoring information exchange network and the European Commission (through the JRC and the Directorate-General for Energy) will remain the EU contact point for IRMIS. In addition, the JRC is providing technical assistance to the Incident an Emergency Centre of the IAEA for testing the data exchange with its member states outside Europe. The EURDEP concept, as a regional data exchange system, is also serving as a prototype for setting up regional networks in other parts of the world.
Under the Euratom Treaty, EU countries have to continuously monitor radioactivity in the air, water and soil, and to report it to the European Commission. In addition, in case of a radiological/nuclear accident, Council Decision 87/600 obliges EU Member States to submit at regular intervals information about the state of the emergency. This is done by means of the ECURIE (European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange) channels – EURDEP being an official part of ECURIE for facilitating the exchange of environmental monitoring data (currently gamma dose-rate and air concentration).
Both ECURIE and EURDEP have been conceived, developed, tested and implemented by DG ENER, the ECURIE-EURDEP working group and the JRC, in this way assisting Member States in meeting their legal reporting obligations and allowing Candidate Countries to participate. At the same time, international data standards and protocols with the IAEA have been developed and implemented to keep these information systems compatible with the EU countries' international obligations.
During the early phase of an accident it is not only important to exchange monitoring information, but also to use it for estimating the dispersion/migration of radioactivity in the environment. A concept for an operational system that links the European information systems with predictive radio-ecological models for the various environmental areas is currently being explored within the new JRC cluster for emergency preparedness and response.
Session 1: 20 Years EURDEP (14h30 - 17h30)
|14:30||Welcome addresses – General presentation of the JRC and ITU; J.P. Glatz, acting Director, European Commission, Joint Research Centre|
|“Overview of the arrangements in the EU for nuclear/radiological emergency preparedness and response”; I. Alehno, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy|
|15:30||“IAEA’s role in emergency preparedness and response”, F. Baciu, International Atomic Energy Agency|
|16:10||“The EURDEP system: an overview of 20 years of data and information exchange in case of RN accidents in Europe”; M. De Cort, European Commission, Joint Research Centre|
|17:00||Cocktail for workshop participants|
|Transport of participants to Grand Palace Hotel, Varese|