Accession Number:

AD0632279

Title:

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. VOLUME ONE

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 30 Sep 1964-1 Dec 1965

Corporate Author:

HUDSON INST CROTON-ON-HUDSON NY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

285.0

Abstract:

Volume 1 summarizes current knowledge of the effects of nuclear weapons on area targets. Radiological effects are divided roughly into three categories external gamma-radiation from fallout fields external beta-burns and internal hazards due to cycling of Sr-90, Cs-137 and I-131. Vulnerabilities of different classes of targets or biomes are considered, e.g. vertebrates, insects, conifer forests, deciduous forests, grasslands and crop lands. Thermal ignition and probabilities of fire spread under various conditions are discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 is concerned with potential meteorological and climatic problems. Chapter 4 discusses a variety of second-order problems such as epidemics, pest outbreaks, floods, erosion and ecological changes.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE