The Chernobyl Project

The Chernobyl Project was designed to help the people living the area contaminated by the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to reduce their exposure to radioactivity. People in this area are exposed to radiation primarily through their food supply, which is almost entirely locally-grown. The area we studied has been farmed intensively for over a thousand years and continues to be farmed today.

We developed a graphical interface linking a geographic information system to a mathmatical dose forcast model. This system, together with a variety of multimedia educational materials, has been installed in two environmental education centers in the area which continue to function today. The two year project was funded jointly by the MacArthur foundation, Apple Computer and Russian government.