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Preparedness for Nuclear Emergencies affecting Agriculture

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    Data management and visualisation in response to large-scale nuclear emergencies affecting food and agriculture 2019
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    In a large-scale nuclear emergency affecting food and agriculture, the release of radionuclides to the environment can severely impact the food chain and human health. Up-to-date information of soil, water and crops are pertinent to informing decisions that prevent potentially contaminated products from reaching consumers. However, traditional management and visualisation of data are constrained in response times and decision-making accuracy as they are often not centralized and performed manually. Developments in information technology (IT) allow for Decision Support System (DSS) tools and algorithms to enhance real-time management of large volumes of data and decision-making in a spatio-temporal context. These IT support functions increase the capacity of stakeholders to focus on the most important matters at hand – ensuring food and consumer safety. This publication presents the challenges and solutions of real-time data management, geo-visualisation and decision making, as well as two case-studies of how innovative IT systems can assist in nuclear emergency response affecting food and agriculture. One of the case studies presented is by the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division; the other case study by Japanese Competent Authorities in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
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    Activities of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture Related to Food Safety
    Prepared by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division
    2004
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    Food and agriculture: Preparing for and responding to nuclear emergencies 2016
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    Accidental or malicious releases of radioactivity have the potential to threaten health and disrupt life. Communities, agricultural production and food trade can be severely affected with global consequences for consumers and producers. It is important that contingency plans and arrangements for dealing with contaminated land and agricultural products are developed and maintained.

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