Meet Andra-Rada Iurian (OSP Award 2013)

Andra-Rada Iurian has received the EGU Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award for her presentation “The uncertainty given by the input parameters in the radiometric modelling of soil redistribution rates“.

Who is Andra?

AndraAndra-Rada Iurian is currently finishing the PhD studies at the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania. Her research interests includes: (i) the application of fallout radionuclides (137Cs, 210Pb and 7Be) to assess the rates and characteristics of soil redistribution, (ii) environmental radioactivity measurements through gamma and alpha-ray spectrometry, and (iii) radioecology. Her PhD project is focused on the application of fallout radionuclides in soil erosion and sedimentation studies and it is conducted under the guidance of Prof. Constantin Cosma. The poster at the EGU General Assembly 2013 presented an alternative method to statistically derive the effective diffusion coefficient and the convective velocity of 137Cs in undisturbed soils. It was also highlighted the impact of the different input parameters of the Diffusion and Migration Model on the calculated soil erosion magnitude. In a subsequent study, the undersigned also tested for the first time in her country the combined use of 137Cs and 210Pb to quantify soil erosion changes in cultivated fields at different temporal scales.

Selected publications

A.R. Iurian, Arsenio Toloza, Joseph Adu-Gyamfi, Constantin Cosma, Spatial distribution of 7Be in soils of Lower Austria after heavy rains (submitted to Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry in April 2013).

A.R. Iurian, L. Mabit, R. Begy, C. Cosma, 2013, Comparative assessment of erosion and deposition rates on cultivated land in the Transylvanian Plain of Romania using 137Cs and 210Pbex, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, (in press).

A.R. Iurian, Robert Begy, Constantin Cosma, 2012, Results of medium-term soil redistribution rates in Cluj county, Romania, using 137Cs measurements, Procedia Environmental Sciences, Vol. 14, Pg. 22–31.

C. Cosma, A.R. Iurian, C.D. Nita, R. Begy, C. Cîndea, 2012, Indicators of the Fukushima radioactive release in NW Romania, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Special Issue: Environmental Impacts of the Fukushima Accident (PART II), Volume 114, Pg.1-6.

C.Cosma, A.R.Iurian, D.C.Niţă, R.Begy, C.Cîndea, 2011, Considerations about the presence of Fukushima radionuclides in the NW part of Romania, Romanian Journal of Physics, Vol. 56, No.9-10, Pg. 1999-2007

A.R. Iurian, W. Hofmann, H. Lettner, R. Türk, C. Cosma, 2011, Long term study of Cs-137 concentrations in lichens and mosses, Romanian Journal of Physics, Vol. 56, No. 7-8, Pg. 983-992.


A.R. Iurian, C. Cosma, W. Hofmann, 2012, Chernobyl radionuclides in environmental samples from Romania&Austria, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8465-8293-0, Editor Tatiana Melnic, 73 pp.


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