Accession Number:

AD0632281

Title:

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. VOLUME THREE.

Descriptive Note:

Summary rept.,

Corporate Author:

HUDSON INST INC HARMON-ON-HUDSON N Y

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Weapons effects capable of covering large areas are divided into four major categories, based on physical damage mechanisms. Radiological damage to biological organisms caused by ionizing radiation. Thermal damage caused by heat or fire. Meteorological damage caused by changes in weather or climate, triggered by catalytic action of nuclear debris in the atmosphere. Secondary damage caused by a domino effect due to selective removal or modification of a constraint normally contributing to environmental homeostasis. Within this category we have included epidemiological problems affecting humans, livestock and crops outbreaks of pests especially insects changes in ground surface temperature and humidity characteristics microclimate secondary fires local ecological changes erosion and floods and the balance of nature.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE