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Spatial variations in radiocesium deposition and litter-soil distribution in a mountainous forest catchment affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident

Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko ; Koarashi, Jun  ; Tsuzuki, Katsunori ; Takeuchi, Erina; Nishimura, Shusaku; Muto, Kotomi*; Matsunaga, Takeshi*

To understand the spatial variation in soil $$^{137}$$Cs inventory in complex mountainous topography, a whole-area investigation of $$^{137}$$Cs deposition in a broad-leaved forest catchment of a mountain stream was conducted using grid sampling. Across the catchment, organic and surface mineral soil layers were collected at 42 locations in 2013 and 6 locations in 2015. $$^{137}$$Cs deposition on the forest floor exhibited high spatial heterogeneity and altitude-dependent distribution over the catchment. The $$^{137}$$Cs retention ratio in the organic layer ranged from 6% to 82% in 2013. The $$^{137}$$Cs retention ratios had positive correlations with the material inventory in the organic layer and the elevation. The $$^{137}$$Cs retention ratios in the organic layer were less than 20% in 2015, even at the locations where the retention ratio was higher than 55% in 2013. Although there was spatial variation in the migration speed, $$^{137}$$Cs migration from the organic layer to mineral soil was almost completed within 4 y of the deposition.

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