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Numerical experiment for strontium-90 and cesium-137 in the Japan Sea

Kawamura, Hideyuki; Ito, Toshimichi; Kobayashi, Takuya; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi ; Hirose, Naoki*; Togawa, Orihiko

A numerical experiment is performed to reproduce a distribution of concentrations of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs and estimate their total amounts in the Japan Sea. The concentrations of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in the surface layer is in the range of 1.0-1.5 Bq/m$$^{3}$$ and 2.0-2.5 Bq/m$$^{3}$$. The concentrations in the intermediate and deep layer are higher than those observed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, indicating active winter convection in the Japan Sea. The total amounts of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in the seawater is evaluated to be 1.34 PBq (1 PBq = 10$$^{15}$$ Bq) and 2.02 PBq, which demonstrates an estimation by observational data in the Japan Sea expeditions between 1997 and 2002 by Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The total amounts of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs vary corresponding to deposition at the sea surface with the maximums of 4.86 PBq for $$^{90}$$Sr and 7.33 PBq for $$^{137}$$Cs in the mid-1960s.

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