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Reconstruction of the atmospheric releases of $$^{131}$$I and $$^{137}$$Cs resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Chino, Masamichi; Terada, Hiroaki  ; Katata, Genki; Nagai, Haruyasu ; Nakayama, Hiromasa  ; Yamazawa, Hiromi*; Hirao, Shigekazu*; Ohara, Toshimasa*; Takigawa, Masayuki*; Hayami, Hiroshi*; Aoyama, Michio*

We estimated the release rates and total amounts of $$^{131}$$I and $$^{137}$$Cs discharged into the atmosphere from March 12 to April 5, 2011. The applied method is a reverse estimation by coupling environmental monitoring data with atmospheric dispersion simulations under the assumption of unit release rate (1 Bq/h). It calculates release rates of radionuclides (Bq/h) by dividing measured air concentrations of $$^{131}$$I and $$^{137}$$Cs into calculated ones at sampling points. The estimated temporal variation of releases indicates that the significant release, over 10$$^{15}$$ Bq/h of $$^{131}$$I, occurred on March 15, following to relatively small releases, 10$$^{13}$$ $$sim$$ 10$$^{14}$$ Bq/h, but the release rates from March 16 are estimated to be rather constant on the order 10$$^{14}$$ Bq/h until March 24. The release rates have decreased with small day-to-day variations to the order of 10$$^{11}$$ $$sim$$ 10$$^{12}$$ Bq/h of $$^{131}$$I on the beginning of April. The estimated source term was examined on the point of the time trend, total releases and the ground depositions of $$^{137}$$Cs by using different atmospheric dispersion models with above source term and compared them with observed $$^{137}$$Cs deposition distribution. These examinations showed that the estimated source term was reasonably accurate during the period when the plume flowed over land in Japan.

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