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Title: AMS/NRCan Joint Survey Report: Aerial Campaign

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 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" × 4" × 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" × 4" × 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 themore » 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.« less
Authors:
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  1. National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
  2. Natural Resources Canada (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1171114
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946--2289
TRN: US1600005
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; DATA ANALYSIS; DATA ACQUISITION; NEVADA TEST SITE; RADIATION DETECTION; FISSION PRODUCTS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ISOTOPE RATIO; SURFACE CONTAMINATION; ACCIDENTS; GROUND TRUTH MEASUREMENTS; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; VERIFICATION; AERIAL MONITORING; SOLID SCINTILLATION DETECTORS; SODIUM IODIDES; CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS; US DOE