A soil sampling reference site: the challenge in defining reference material for sampling

Appl Radiat Isot. 2008 Nov;66(11):1588-91. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2007.09.022. Epub 2008 Apr 22.


In the frame of the international SOILSAMP project, funded and coordinated by the Italian Environmental Protection Agency, an agricultural area was established as a reference site suitable for performing soil sampling inter-comparison exercises. The reference site was characterized for trace element content in soil, in terms of the spatial and temporal variability of their mass fraction. Considering that the behaviour of long-lived radionuclides in soil can be expected to be similar to that of some stable trace elements and that the distribution of these trace elements in soil can simulate the distribution of radionuclides, the reference site characterised in term of trace elements, can be also used to compare the soil sampling strategies developed for radionuclide investigations.

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Italy
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiation Monitoring / methods*
  • Radiation Monitoring / standards*
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sample Size
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Soil / standards*
  • Soil Pollutants, Radioactive / analysis*
  • Soil Pollutants, Radioactive / standards*
  • Specimen Handling / methods


  • Soil
  • Soil Pollutants, Radioactive