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Fukushima- A View From The Ocean
Mar 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The triple disaster of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent radiation releases at Fukushima Dai-ichi were unprecedented events for the ocean and society. This public lecture will provide an overview and 8-year update regarding the radioactive contaminants released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants. The talk will consider the radioactive world we live in and address the specific fate of Fukushima radionuclides in the ocean, with an eye to the future ocean. The emphasis is on the radioactive forms of cesium, though other radionuclides are also considered. Topics include sources from atmospheric and ocean discharges in 2011; a Pacific Ocean time-series that tracks the transport of contaminants across the ocean; an extended time-series in marine fish that examines species-specific variability in radionuclide content; and a discussion of the burial of particle-associated contaminants on the seafloor…
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