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TitleAMS / NRCan joint survey report, aerial campaign, Nevada National Security Site, January 20-24, 2014
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AuthorWasiolek, P; Stampahar, J; Malchow, R; Stampahar, T; Lukens, M; Seywerd, H; Sinclair, L; Fortin, R; Harvey, B
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 7783, 2015, 54 pages, https://doi.org/10.4095/296590
Year2015
Alt SeriesU.S. Department of Energy Report DOE/NV/25946--2289
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaNevada; Nevada National Security Site; Lake Mohave Calibration Range; Government Wash; United States
Subjectsradioactive minerals; analytical methods; gamma-ray surveying; gamma-ray surveys; gamma-ray surveys, airborne; radiometric surveys, airborne; radioactivity
Illustrationsgeophysical sketch maps; photographs; screen captures; tables
ProgramCanadian Hazard Information Service, Canadian Hazard Information Service
Released2015 07 21
AbstractIn January 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Aerial Measuring System (AMS) and the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Nuclear Emergency Response project conducted a series of joint surveys at a number of locations in Nevada including the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The goal of this project was to compare the responses of the two agencies' aerial radiation detection systems and data analysis techniques. This test included varied radioactive surface contamination levels and isotopic composition experienced at the NNSS and the differing data processing techniques utilized by the respective teams. Because both teams used the commercial aerial radiation detection systems from Radiation Solutions, Inc., the main focus of the campaign was to investigate the data acquisition techniques, data analysis, and ground-truth verification. The NRCan system consisted of four 4" x 4" x 16" NaI(Tl) scintillator crystals of which two were externally mounted in a modified commercial cargo basket certified for the Eurocopter AS350; the NNSA AMS system consisted of twelve 2" x 4" x 16" NaI(Tl) crystals in externally mounted dedicated pods.
For NRCan, the joint survey provided an opportunity to characterize their system's response to extended sources of various fission products at the NNSS. Since both systems play an important role in their respective countries' national framework of radiological emergency response and are subject to multiple mutual cooperation agreements, it was important for each country to obtain more thorough knowledge of how they would employ these important assets and define the roles that they would each play in an actual response.
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In January 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Aerial Measuring System (AMS) and the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Nuclear Emergency Response project conducted a series of joint surveys at a number of locations in Nevada including the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The goal of this project was to compare the responses of the two agencies' aerial radiation detection systems and data analysis techniques. This test included varied radioactive surface contamination levels and isotopic composition available at the NNSS and the differing data processing techniques utilized by the respective teams. This project allowed the respective teams, who play an important role in their respective countries' radiological emergency response framework to obtain more thorough knowledge of how they would employ these important assets and define the roles that they would each play in an actual response.
GEOSCAN ID296590