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Drones application scenarios in a nuclear or radiological emergency

Mazzammal Hussain, Khurram Mehboob ORCID logo, Syed Zafar Ilyas, Saima Shaheen and Alhawsawi Abdulsalam
From the journal Kerntechnik


During a nuclear or radiological emergency, timely implementation of precautionary urgent protective actions, urgent protective actions, early protective actions, and other response actions is inevitable for the protection of the public and the emergency workers. unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones have numerous applications including their use in disaster management for support in early warning, provision of medical aid, monitoring, situational awareness, taking various protective and response actions, and post-accident assessment. In the current study, in comparison to drone applications in response to other disasters, their potential use in response to a nuclear or radiological emergency has been discussed. The drones use in mapping radiation and contamination levels in Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents have already proved their applications in a nuclear or radiological emergency. It is concluded that drones inherently complement the existing disaster management arrangements and have the potential for their use in strengthening arrangements for taking protective and response actions in case of a nuclear or radiological emergency.

Corresponding author: Khurram Mehboob, Department of Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, P. O. Box 80204, Jeddah 21589 Saudi Arabia; and K.A. CARE Energy Research and Innovation Center, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, E-mail:

Funding source: King Abduaziz University

Award Identifier / Grant number: IFPRC-025-135-2020


The authors acknowledge the support provided by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A. CARE) under K.A. CARE-King Abdulaziz University Collaboration Program.

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: This research work was funded by the Institutional Fund Projects under grant number (IFPRC-025-135-2020). Therefore, the authors gratefully acknowledge technical and financial support from the Ministry of Education and King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah Saudi Arabia.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2021-11-03
Published Online: 2022-04-26
Published in Print: 2022-06-27

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