LTSER Zone Atelier Territoires Uranifères - France

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Site Name
LTSER Zone Atelier Territoires Uranifères
Short name
ZATU
Country
France
Keywords
behavior and transfer of radionuclides
Characterization
ecology
Effect of radiation on living systems
natural radiation;
radiochemistry
Society in uranium territories
Site Description
The LTSER Zone Atelier Territoires Uranifères belongs to LTER-France network and is located in center of France. ZATU’s goal is to develop a multidisciplinary approach confronting the views of biologists, chemists, geographers , ecologists, geologists, physicians , physicists, sociologists on life in environments characterized by chronic natural or enhanced natural radiation . The ZA research program is built around three main themes centered on human and social sciences, radiochemistry , and biology. The ZA provides a framework for interaction between these research areas and therefore offers opportunities for developing truly interdisciplinary projects with a systemic approach. Indeed , interactions and strong feedback exist between living systems, human beings and the long-term future of radionuclides. Human acts on his environment through mining, large-scale development, and post-mining management), creating new life habitats and impacting the long term fake of radionuclides (management of water flows , introduction of radioactive material confinement cover , ...). Similarly, the presence of radioactivity impacts the relationship of man to his environment in terms of understanding risk and implementing prevention process. Finally, if the radioactivity affects living systems, living systems can also act on the fate of radionuclides. For instance, bacteria can induce change in speciation.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:50
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2015
Purpose
Socio-ecological issues : ZATU’s goal is to develop a multidisciplinary approach confronting the views of biologists, chemists, geographers , ecologists, geologists, physicians , physicists, sociologists on life in environments characterized by chronic natural or enhanced natural radiation . The ZA research program is built around three main themes centered on human and social sciences, radiochemistry , and biology. The ZA provides a framework for interaction between these research areas and therefore offers opportunities for developing truly interdisciplinary projects with a systemic approach. Indeed , interactions and strong feedback exist between living systems, human beings and the long-term future of radionuclides. Human acts on his environment through mining, large-scale development, and post-mining management), creating new life habitats and impacting the long term fake of radionuclides (management of water flows , introduction of radioactive material confinement cover , ...). Similarly, the presence of radioactivity impacts the relationship of man to his environment in terms of understanding risk and implementing prevention process. Finally, if the radioactivity affects living systems, living systems can also act on the fate of radionuclides. For instance, bacteria can induce change in speciation.
Photos
Rophin former uranium mine in Montagne Bourbonnaise (Puy-de-Dôme)

Rophin former uranium mine in Montagne Bourbonnaise (Puy-de-Dôme)

Coring in the wetland near the site of the former Rophin uranium mine (Lachaux, Puy-de-Dôme)

Coring in the wetland near the site of the former Rophin uranium mine (Lachaux, Puy-de-Dôme)

Collection of biological samples in a radioactive mineral spring (Chateldon, Puy-de-Dôme)

Collection of biological samples in a radioactive mineral spring (Chateldon, Puy-de-Dôme)

Geographic
Size
220.00ha
Elevation (average)
500.00msl
Elevation (min)
300.00msl
Elevation (max)
1200.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER France (LTER_EU_FR_013)This site is a verified "LTER France" member.
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