Metrology for Radiological Early Warning Networks

Specialism: Radiation

Skill Level: Intermediate Level

Delivery Method: e-Learning

Duration: 1 day

Course Status: Available

Price: Free

Course description

This one-day e-learning course provides an introduction to the measurement of dose rate and radioactivity concentration in air. It is applicable to Europe-wide monitoring of data in the event of a radiological emergency, such as those at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima Daiichi in 2011.


This course is designed to:

  • Define the need for radiological early warning networks, and their current limitations.
  • Understand the physics and metrology principles underpinning the operation of radiological early warning networks.
  • Explain the expected impact of the MetroERM project.
  • Describe the operation, calibration, data collection and validation associated with a range of new technologies for measurement of dose rate and radioactivity concentration in air.

Who is it for?

Operators of radiological early warning networks, policy makers, and members of the public wanting an overview of radiological protection.

Further Information

Certificate Type: NPL Certificate of Completion
Available as open course: No
Available as in-house course: No

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Learning outcomes

Module 1 – Introductory:

  • Describe the factors affecting the siting of a network station.
  • Differentiate between the types of ionising radiation.
  • Define the physical, protection and operational quantities involved in measuring dose rate and activity.
  • Compare and contrast types of detector.
  • Outline the history of the use of radioactive materials and nuclear power.
  • Describe the need for the MetroERM project.


Modules 2, 3 – Outcomes of the project:

  • Describe the current state of the art in measurement of dose rate and activity concentration in air.
  • Describe new technology developed as part of the MetroERM project.
  • Explain how the new measurement systems improve upon the state of the art.
  • Describe the characterisation and calibration of these new measurement systems.
  • Describe the collection and validation of data, as applied to these new measurement systems.


Required prior knowledge:

  • Module 1 is designed to require very little prior knowledge. It explains for the general public, and for those just entering the field, the background to the project and some of the underlying physical principles.
  • Modules 2 and 3 are more technically detailed, and a background in nuclear metrology, while not essential, would be of benefit.

Date(s) of next course

Available at any time


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