Description

Recently, the incident in Fukushima nuclear power plant released radioisotopes which reached Europe, where trace levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected since March 24th. Moreover, radioactive cesium 137 and 134 have also been detected in the atmospheric particulate. In Italy, the first traces of radioactivity in air (I-131) were detected by the National Surveillance Network for Environmental Radioactivity (RESORAD) on March 28th. However, in addition to radioisotopes, a great number of chemical compounds can be found in the environment. In particular, some semivolatile organic compounds -SOCs- such polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons -PAHs- and heavy metals are of concern due to their ubiquity in the air and in the food chain.

The research aims at exploiting the potentialities of mathematical modeling integrated in a GIS platform (geographical information system) combined with biomonitoring to create a reliable and efficient environmental pollution control system and thus monitor the contamination level of food products

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