Launching of 2nd Phase of Continuous Radiation Monitoring Project of Qatari Environment

  • 2 weeks   ago

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment, represented by the Radiation and Chemical Protection Dept. has announced the launch of the second phase of the continuous radiation monitoring programme for the Qatari environment.

A team of experts and engineers from the Radiation and Chemical Protection Dept. took samples up to 5 cm deep of the topsoil for subsequent analysis in the radiation laboratory from the sites surrounding the early warning stations set up by the Department along the coast of Qatar and in well-studied locations of the State. This is part of a number of radiation monitoring programmes implemented by the Department to preserve human and environmental safety.

The Phase I of the project was launched last June 2020. Operational phase I ? 2020 of the radiological survey of the Qatar Environmental Radiation Monitoring Programme is launched this week. The Programme is implemented by the Central Radiation Laboratory of the Department of Radiation and Chemicals Protection, as part of the ongoing water, air and soil radiological monitoring in the state.

Phase I of the project aims to monitor the radiation levels in the soil along the Eastern Coastline of Qatar, in order to establish a basic database for the radiation levels in the air and soil at selected areas of the Eastern Coastline, in anticipation of radiological and nuclear emergencies. More than 20 samples were collected.

Eng. Bader Al-Saadi the Radiation Laboratory officer pointed out that according to the Action Plan, Operational Phase I of the project involves radiation dosimetry, 1 meter from the ground, and the collection of some soil samples at different depths from different areas on the Eastern Coastline of the state starting from Sealine, through Mesaieed, Khor Al Udeid and Al Wakra, to the north.



The project has continued as planned to cover more than 100 sites in Qatar. Furthermore, this programme comes as part of the integration with the monitoring data of the radiation early warning networks.

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment