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MODARIA II

Modelling and Data for Radiological Impact Assessments


First Technical Meeting for MODARIA II

The first Technical Meeting (TM) for the MODARIA II programme will be held at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna from 31 October to 4 November 2016, during which the MODARIA II programme will be formally launched.

The objectives of the meeting are summarized in the Prospectus and Notes Verbale (in all official languages) which were recently circulated to all Member States.

Should you wish to take part in the TM, a Participation Form (Form A) must be completed and then forwarded to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission to the IAEA, or National Atomic Energy Authority) of your respective country, for onward transmission to the IAEA.

Please note that your participation will only be registered when we receive your fully endorsed Participation Form, completed in your name. After the deadline for receipt through official channels (19 September 2016) has passed, you will subsequently receive a formal invitation to attend the meeting.

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Background of the MODARIA II programme

The assessments of radiological impacts to people and the environment arising from radionuclides being discharged or already existent in the environment are necessary to prove compliance with regulatory standards, to support decisions during and after nuclear emergencies and to optimize, for example, the remediation of contaminated sites.

These topics were addressed during the IAEA’s Modelling and Data for Radiological Impact Assessment (MODARIA) programme which ran from 2012 to 2015. The IAEA will continue these activities on testing, development and comparison of models dedicated for the assessment of radiological impacts to people and the environment in planned, existing and emergency exposure situations by setting up a follow-up programme, i.e. MODARIA II: Modelling and Data for Radiological Impact Assessments.

A proposal for the work in MODARIA II was elaborated to address the requirements for radiological impact assessment for the implementation of the IAEA safety standards, taking into account the experience gained during previous IAEA environmental modelling programmes and suggestions made by operators, scientists, and regulators participating in the previous phase of MODARIA. Work programmes for the following topics were developed:

  • Remediation and decision making;
  • Exposures in urban and rural environments following accidents;
  • Modelling radionuclide releases to the environment;
  • Analysis and evaluation of radioecological data, including radionuclide transfer in tropical and sub-tropical environments;
  • Radiation exposures and effects on wildlife;
  • Biosphere modelling for long-term safety assessments of waste disposal facilities;
  • Marine modelling.

The proposals will be presented and discussed in full during the first MODARIA II Technical Meeting, during which participants will be invited to present any further proposals regarding the planned working groups.

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MODARIA

Modelling and Data for Radiological Impact Assessments


Fourth Technical Meeting

The Fourth Technical Meeting (TM) for MODARIA was held at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna from 9 to 13 November 2015 and was the final meeting for this phase of the MODARIA Programme. The TM was attended by 135 participants from 35 Member States and was again chaired by Ms Jane Simmonds of the United Kingdom.

As for all three previous TMs, this final meeting commenced with a Plenary Session, where the Leaders of the 10 Working Groups reported on their respective working group's results, achievements and progress made since the Third MODARIA TM last year and the subsequent Working Group Interim Meetings which were held during 2015. It became apparent that many of the Working Groups are well advanced with their respective final reports which will be published as IAEA TECDOCs in due course. Moreover, many of the working groups already have ideas and plans of how they’d like to move forward during the next phase of MODARIA and expand on the important work they’ve already accomplished.

This year's Special Plenary Session was held on Tuesday morning and was opened by Mr Lyn Bevington who is a Senior Nuclear Safety Officer with the IAEA's Nuclear Safety Action Team. He gave a comprehensive presentation on the IAEA Report on The Fukushima Daiichi Accident, which consists of the Report by the Director General and the five technical volumes. Mr Diego Telleria (IAEA) then gave an informative presentation entitled Upcoming IAEA Safety Standards for Protection of the Public and the Environment which provided insight about the complex process for developing IAEA Safety Standards and the current status of various documents which are closely connected to the work of MODARIA and its predecessor programmes (e.g. EMRAS I and II).

Wednesday began with a special plenary session of presentations on Ideas and Proposals for MODARIA II, where all participants were given the opportunity to voice their ideas and suggestions for the next phase of the programme (MODAIRA II) which will be launched in 2016. MODARIA II will continue developing and strengthening capabilities in radiological impact assessment to support Member States in this field in fulfilling the regulatory requirements of the IAEA Safety Standards.

The TM's Closing Plenary Session on Friday provided an opportunity for the Working Group Leaders to report on the progress made during the week of the TM, notably regarding their respective group’s plans for finalizing their reports. Furthermore during the closing session more specific and detailed ideas and suggestions regarding MODARIA II were presented, which had been enhanced during discussions by the respective Working Group members during the week of meetings.

The presentations given during all 4 Plenary Sessions and the 10 separate Working Groups, as well as the Working Group Meeting Minutes and the Participants Lists, can be found on the respective Working Group pages.

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Background of the MODARIA Programme

The general aim of the MODARIA Programme is to improve capabilities in the field of environmental radiation dose assessment by means of acquisition of improved data for model testing, model testing and comparison, reaching consensus on modelling philosophies, approaches and parameter values, development of improved methods and exchange of information.

MODARIA continues some of the work of previous international exercises in the field of radioecological modelling and focuses on areas where uncertainties remain in the predictive capability of environmental models. These previous international exercises include BIOMOVS (BIOspheric Model Validation Study) and BIOMOVS II, initiated by the Swedish Radiation Authority in 1985, and the programmes sponsored by the IAEA: VAMP (VAlidation of Model Predictions, 1988–1996) and BIOMASS (BIOsphere Modelling and ASSessment, 1996–2001), EMRAS (Environmental Modelling for RAdiation Safety), 2003–2007 and EMRAS II which ran from 2009 to 2011.

The activities within the framework of the MODARIA Programme emphasize on improvement of environmental transfer models for reducing associated uncertainties or developing new approaches to strengthen the evaluation of the radiological impact to man, as well as to flora and fauna, arising from radionuclides in the environment.

The MODARIA Programme is being set up to continue the IAEA’s activities in the field of testing, comparing and developing guidance on the application of models to assess exposures to humans and radiological impacts on the environment. The results of radiological assessments are used, for example, in the evaluation of the radiological relevance of routine and accidental releases of radionuclides, to support decision making in remediation work and for the performance assessment of radioactive waste disposals.

Further to its approval by the IAEA’s Board of Governors in September 2011, the IAEA issued the Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards - General Safety Requirements Part 3, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GSR Part 3, which is a revision of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources that were published as Safety Series No. 115 by the IAEA in 1996, often referred to simply as the “Basic Safety Standards” or BSS). more

Strengthening capabilities for the assessment of radiological impacts is an important aspect of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety that was also approved by the IAEA's General Conference in September 2011.

The MODARIA Programme will also support and facilitate the implementation of the revised BSS and like previous IAEA environmental modelling programmes, MODARIA will provide an international focal point in this field and will help Member States to develop and maintain knowledge and competence in the areas of radioecology and environmental assessment.

Objectives

The overarching objective of the IAEA’s activities in environmental modelling is to enhance the capabilities of Member States to simulate radionuclide transfer in the environment and, thereby, to assess exposure levels of the public and in the environment in order to ensure an appropriate level of protection from the effects of ionizing radiation, associated with radionuclide releases and from existing radionuclides in the environment. Specific objectives in the areas of radioactive release assessment, restoration of sites with radioactive residues, and environmental protection are:

  • To test the performance of models developed for assessing the transfer of radionuclides in the environment and radiological impact to man and environment;
  • To develop and improve models for particular environments and, where appropriate, to agree on data sets that are generally applicable in environmental transfer models;
  • To provide an international forum for the exchange of experience, ideas and research information.

Organization of the MODARIA Programme

The MODARIA Programme will run for 4 years from 2012 to 2015. Two types of meetings will be organized annually as part of the MODARIA Programme:

  • The annual Technical Meeting, which will generally be held at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna during the last quarter of each year
  • The interim Working Group Meetings which will generally take place in the second or third quarter of each year.

During the week long Technical Meeting, typically Plenary Sessions will be held on the first and last days and, the remaining three days will be used for the Working Group Meetings.

The implementation of the MODARIA Programme will be led by a Steering Committee (SC) that will generally meet during the annual Technical Meeting at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna; if necessary, additional meetings may be organized as required. Mr Gerhard Proehl is the overall Scientific Secretary of the MODARIA Programme.

MODARIA Working Groups

Remediation of Contaminated Areas

  • Working Group 1 – Remediation strategies and decision aiding techniques
  • Working Group 2 – Exposures in contaminated urban environments and effect of remedial measures
  • Working Group 3 – Application of models for assessing radiological impacts arising from NORM and radioactively contaminated legacy sites to support the management of remediation

Uncertainties and Variability

  • Working Group 4 – Analysis of radioecological data in IAEA Technical Reports Series publications to identify key radionuclides and associated parameter values for human and wildlife exposure assessment
  • Working Group 5 – Uncertainty and variability analysis for assessments of radiological impacts arising from routine discharges of radionuclides
  • Working Group 6 – Common framework for addressing environmental change in long term safety assessments of radioactive waste disposal facilities
  • Working Group 7 – Harmonization and intercomparison of models for accidental tritium releases

Exposures and Effects on Biota

  • Working Group 8 – Biota modelling: Further development of transfer and exposure models and application to scenarios
  • Working Group 9 – Models for assessing radiation effects on populations of wildlife species

Marine Modelling

  • Working Group 10 – Modelling of marine dispersion and transfer of radionuclides accidentally released from land-based facilities.

First Technical Meeting

The MODARIA Programme was launched at its First Technical Meeting (TM) which was held at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna from 19 to 22 November 2012. The TM was attended by 151 participants from 43 Member States . The meeting was chaired by Ms Jane Simmonds, Health Protection Agency of the United Kingdom.

Potential topics for the new MODARIA Programme were proposed to the participants in a document (see the Programme Proposal) before the meeting. The ideas for the programme had been developed during 2011–2012 taking into account the work of the now completed EMRAS II , plus suggestions and views from a variety of sources.

The first part of meeting was dedicated to the discussion of the proposals and the setup of working groups.

After discussion of the suggested topics during the TM Plenary Sessions, it was decided that the work of MODARIA should focus on 4 Themes, under which 10 Working Groups were established. These working groups cover a wide range of model applications in planned, existing and emergency exposure situations.

Detailed plans for each of the established Working Groups were elaborated during the meeting. The result of discussions within the working groups were reported back during the TM Plenary Sessions to enable feedback from all MODARIA participants.

Minutes, Participant Lists and presentations given during Working Group meetings can be found on the respective pages of each Working Group.

Second Technical Meeting

The Second Technical Meeting (TM) for MODARIA was held at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna from 11 to 15 November 2013. The TM was attended by 153 participants from 43 Member States and was chaired by Ms Jane Simmonds of the United Kingdom.

MODARIA TM participants include regulators and operators as well as modellers and radiation protection experts, which fosters the exchange of knowledge and experience. Furthermore, the MODARIA Programme provides an international platform to maintain and develop capabilities in radiological impact assessment through comparison and application of assessment models to real situations, and to compile, analyze and evaluate data.

The TM commenced with a Plenary Session, where the Leaders of the 10 Working Groups reported on their respective working group’s results, achievements and progress made since the first MODARIA TM and the subsequent Working Group Interim Meetings held during 2013.

During a Special Plenary Session held on Wednesday morning, actual topics related to radiological impact assessment were addressed. This year’s special session was opened by Mr Malcolm Crick, the Secretary of UNSCEAR, who gave a presentation on the exposure and risk assessment carried out by UNSCEAR following the releases of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan after the 2011 accident. Mr David Copplestone, a member of ICRP Committee 5, gave a presentation outlining the work that the ICRP are currently doing related to the protection of the environment. Finally, Ms Tamara Yankovich, an IAEA staff member, gave a presentation on the remediation of an abandoned uranium mine in Canada.

The Closing Plenary Session, provided an opportunity for the Working Group Leaders to report on the progress made during the week of the TM and their respective group’s working plans for the next year.

The presentations given during all 3 Plenary Sessions and the 10 separate Working Groups, as well as the Working Group Meeting Minutes and Participants Lists, can be found on the respective Working Group pages.

Third Technical Meeting

The Third Technical Meeting (TM) for MODARIA was held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna from 10 to 14 November 2014. The TM was attended by 150 participants from 38 Member States and was again chaired by Ms Jane Simmonds of the United Kingdom.

As in previous years, the TM commenced with a Plenary Session, where the Leaders of the 10 Working Groups reported on their respective working group’s results, achievements and progress made since the second MODARIA TM and the subsequent Working Group Interim Meetings were held during 2014.

During a Special Plenary Session held on Wednesday morning, actual topics related to radiological impact assessment were addressed. This year’s special session was opened by Mr Sergey Lukashenko who is the Deputy Director General of the Institute for Radiation Safety and Ecology which is part of the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr Lukashenko gave a very interesting presentation on the current status and perspectives of the Semipalatinsk Test Site which is located in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr Diego Telleria (IAEA) then gave a very informative presentation entitled Upcoming IAEA Safety Guides on Control of Exposures to the Public and the Environment which provided a detailed overview of at which stages various documents are currently at in the lengthy publication process regarding Safety Guides. Mr Gerhard Proehl (IAEA) then finished the special plenary session with a presentation on Planning a new IAEA Model Test and Comparison Programme which the IAEA intends to initiate some time in 2016/2017 to carry on the very important work of MODARIA and all preceding assessment model test and comparison programmes.

The Closing Plenary Session provided an opportunity for the Working Group Leaders to report on the progress made during the week of the TM and their respective group’s working plans for the final year of MODARIA. In addition, many described ideas and suggestions which had been proposed by their respective Working Group members during the week of meetings.

The presentations given during all 3 Plenary Sessions and the 10 separate Working Groups, as well as the Working Group Meeting Minutes and Participants Lists, can be found on the respective Working Group pages.

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