Accession Number:

ADA139110

Title:

Nuclear Terrorism Effects Study,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

In this report we discuss the technical problems associated with predicting the consequences of a nuclear terrorism event, a summary of LLNL capabilities, and some suggested approaches to the problem. The normal method applied to evaluate the nuclear effects is to scale free-field calculated nuclear effects to the small-yield urban environment. This approach can be very misleading because the size of the structures that surround the detonation may radically change the important characteristics of the explosion which in turn may change the nuclear effects on the surrounding population and area. Of the approaches presented as solutions to this problem, the systems approach is recommended. The possibility of prioritizing the effort using a risk analysis approach is also discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE