Conference Proceedings Paper
RADIATION BY THE NUMBERS: DEVELOPING AN ON-LINE CANADIAN RADIATION DOSE CALCULATOR AS A PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION TOOL
36th Annual CNS Conference - 2016 June 19-22
M.T.J. Dalzell (Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation)
Concerns arising from misunderstandings about radiation are often cited as a main reason for public antipathy towards nuclear development and impede decision-making by governments and individuals. A lack of information about everyday sources of radiation exposure that is accessible, relatable and factual contributes to the problem. As part of its efforts to be a factbased source of information on nuclear issues, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation has developed an on-line Canadian Radiation Dose Calculator as a tool to provide context about common sources of radiation. This paper discusses the development of the calculator and describes how the Fedoruk Centre is using it and other tools to support public engagement on nuclear topics.
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