Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Review article
02 May 2019
Review article |  | 02 May 2019

30 years of European Commission Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring data bank (REMdb) – an open door to boost environmental radioactivity research

Marco Sangiorgi, Miguel Angel Hernández Ceballos, Giorgia Iurlaro, Giorgia Cinelli, and Marc de Cort

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REMdb was created in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident (1986) by the European Commission. Since then it has been maintained with the aim to keep a historical record of the Chernobyl accident and to store the radioactivity monitoring data gathered through the national environmental monitoring programs of the European Union member states. To date, the total number of data records stored in REMdb exceeds 5 million, in this way providing a valuable archive for everyone.