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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*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 238-239, p.106725_1 - 106725_8, 2021/11

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.

Journal Articles

A Knowledge-sharing activity on the environmental radiation monitoring results affected by the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident at Tokai-Oarai area in Ibaraki Prefecture

Nakano, Masanao; Hosomi, Kenji; Nishimura, Shusaku; Matsubara, Natsumi; Okura, Takehisa; Kuramochi, Akihiko; Kawasaki, Masatsugu; Takeuchi, Erina; Fujii, Yutaka*; Jinno, Tsukasa*; et al.

Hoken Butsuri (Internet), 55(2), p.102 - 109, 2020/06

After the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (1F) Accident in March 2011, the increase was significantly observed in a part of the result of the environmental radiation monitoring in Ibaraki prefecture. "The review meeting of the environmental effect from 1F accident" was established to discuss technically the fluctuation of monitoring data. The review meeting collected the monitoring data from the four nuclear operators, and discussed a fluctuating trend, $$^{134}$$Cs/$$^{137}$$Cs activity ratio, and so on. In this report, the results of the dose rate and $$^{137}$$Cs in fallout, surface soil, flatfish and seabed sediment are introduced. Also the problem solving in the review meeting is introduced.

Journal Articles

Rapid analytical method of $$^{90}$$Sr in urine sample; Rapid separation of Sr by phosphate co-precipitation and extraction chromatography, followed by determination by triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS/MS)

Tomita, Jumpei; Takeuchi, Erina

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 150, p.103 - 109, 2019/08

 Times Cited Count:6 Percentile:68.11(Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear)

A rapid analytical method for determining $$^{90}$$Sr in urine samples (1-2 L) was developed to assess the internal exposure of workers in a radiological emergency. Strontium in a urine sample was rapidly separated by phosphate co-precipitation, followed by extraction chromatography with a tandem column of Pre-filter, TRU and Sr resin, and the $$^{90}$$Sr activity was determined by ICP-MS/MS. Measurement in the MS/MS mode with an O$$_{2}$$ reaction gas flow rate 1 mL min$$^{-1}$$ showed no tailing of $$^{88}$$Sr at m/z = 90 up to 50 mg-Sr L$$^{-1}$$. The interferences of Ge, Se and Zr at m/z = 90 were successfully removed by chemical separation. This analytical method was validated by the results of the analyses of synthetic urine samples (1.2-1.6 L) containing a known amount of $$^{90}$$Sr along with 1 mg of each of Ge, Se, Sr and Zr. The turnaround time for analysis was about 10 h, and the detection limit of $$^{90}$$Sr was approximately 1 Bq per urine sample.

Journal Articles

Sources of $$^{137}$$Cs fluvial export from a forest catchment evaluated by stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic characterization of organic matter

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

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 314(1), p.403 - 411, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:86.92(Chemistry, Analytical)

Fluvial export of particulate and dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs was investigated to reveal its sources and transfer mechanisms in a broadleaved forest catchment using a continuous collection system. The finest size fraction ($$<$$ 75$$mu$$m), consisting of decomposed litter and surface mineral soil, was the dominant fraction in the particulate $$^{137}$$Cs load, although the contribution of coarser size fractions increased during high water discharge in 2014. The dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs originated from the decomposition of $$^{137}$$Cs-contaminated litter. Temporal changes in $$^{137}$$Cs distribution in the litter-mineral soil system indicated that the dissolved $$^{137}$$Cs load will be moderated in several years, while particulate $$^{137}$$Cs load has the potential to continue for a long time.

JAEA Reports

Case studies of radiation dose assessment in emergency situation of nuclear facilities

Kawasaki, Masatsugu; Nakajima, Junya; Yoshida, Keisuke; Kato, Saori; Nishino, Sho; Nozaki, Teo; Nakagawa, Masahiro; Tsunoda, Junichi; Sugaya, Yuki; Hasegawa, Rie; et al.

JAEA-Data/Code 2017-004, 57 Pages, 2017/03

JAEA-Data-Code-2017-004.pdf:2.34MB

In emergency situation of nuclear facilities, we need to estimate the radiation dose due to radiation and radioactivity to grasp the influence range of the accident in the early stage. Therefore, we prepare the case studies of dose assessment for public exposure dose and personal exposure dose and contribute them to emergency procedures. This document covers about accidents of nuclear facilities in Nuclear Science Research Institute and past accident of nuclear power plant, and it can be used for inheritance of techniques of emergency dose assessment.

Journal Articles

Post-deposition early-phase migration and retention behavior of radiocesium in a litter-mineral soil system in a Japanese deciduous forest affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident

Koarashi, Jun; Nishimura, Shusaku; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Takeuchi, Erina; Muto, Kotomi

Chemosphere, 165, p.335 - 341, 2016/12

 Times Cited Count:25 Percentile:75.78(Environmental Sciences)

We established field lysimeters in a Japanese deciduous broad-leaved forest soon after the Fukushima nuclear accident to continuously monitor the downward transfer of $$^{137}$$Cs at three depths: the litter-mineral soil boundary and depths of 5 cm and 10 cm in the mineral soil. Observations were conducted at two sites within the forest from May 2011 to May 2015. Results revealed similar temporal and depth-wise variations in $$^{137}$$Cs downward fluxes for both sites. The $$^{137}$$Cs downward fluxes generally decreased year by year at all depths, indicating that $$^{137}$$Cs was rapidly leached from the forest-floor litter layer and was then immobilized in the upper (0-5 cm) mineral soil layer through its interaction with clay minerals. The decreased inventory of mobile (or bioavailable) $$^{137}$$Cs observed during early stages after deposition indicates that the litter-soil system in the Japanese deciduous forest provides only a temporary source for $$^{137}$$Cs recycling in plants.

Journal Articles

Year-round variations in the fluvial transport load of particulate $$^{137}$$Cs in a forested catchment affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

Matsunaga, Takeshi; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Takeuchi, Erina; Muto, Kotomi; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Nishimura, Shusaku; Koarashi, Jun; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi; Sato, Tsutomu*; et al.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 310(2), p.679 - 693, 2016/11

AA2015-0821.pdf:3.78MB

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:54.39(Chemistry, Analytical)

Particulate $$^{137}$$Cs in stream water was collected continuously for two years in order to assess the long-term trend of the $$^{137}$$Cs discharge from the forest environment. Sampling was conducted from December 2011 to December 2013 in a mountainous stream, which received the $$^{137}$$Cs from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A seasonal increase in fluvial transport load of particulate $$^{137}$$Cs associated with suspended solids (SS) was observed in August and September when rainfall was abundant. The particulate $$^{137}$$Cs concentration decreased at a faster rate than the rate due to radioactive decay. This decrease might be resulted from redistribution of the easily eroded and polluted soil surface due to heavy rain events such as typhoons. These findings indicate that the particulate $$^{137}$$Cs load was subject to the inter-annual variations in rainfalls, and decreased gradually over a long period of time due to a decrease in $$^{137}$$Cs concentration in SS.

Journal Articles

Fluvial discharges of particulate and dissolved radiocesium from a forest and its monthly trend

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

KEK Proceedings 2015-4, p.252 - 257, 2015/11

As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, a large amount of radiocesium released into the atmosphere was deposited in forests. This study estimated the monthly trend in the fluvial discharges of radiocesium from a forest. The study site was a forested catchment in Kitaibaraki City. Radiocesium in river water was collected with a filtration system as both particulate and dissolved components. Filters and columns including dissolved Cs absorbent were replaced every month. The collected suspended solids were sieved into 2000-3000 $$mu$$m, 500-2000 $$mu$$m, 75-500 $$mu$$m, and $$<$$75 $$mu$$m fractions. The $$^{137}$$Cs concentrations in the samples were measured using $$gamma$$-ray spectrometry with Ge semiconductor detectors. The $$^{137}$$Cs discharge increased with the river water discharge. The particulate $$^{137}$$Cs discharge was dominant in both 2013 and 2014. The $$^{137}$$Cs discharge rate of the dissolved component increased in winter, when the river water discharge decreased.

Journal Articles

Catchment-scale distribution of radiocesium air dose rate in a mountainous deciduous forest and its relation to topography

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

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 147, p.1 - 7, 2015/09

AA2014-0585.pdf:2.18MB

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:61.83(Environmental Sciences)

We collected a large amount of radiocesium air dose rate data by mountain-walking with a small $$gamma$$-ray survey system, KURAMA-II, to create an air dose rate map of a mountainous deciduous forest that received radiocesium from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Measurements were conducted in a small stream catchment 0.6 km$$^{2}$$ in size in August and September 2013, and the relationship between air dose rates and the mountainous topography was examined. Air dose rates increased with elevation, suggesting that more radiocesium was deposited on ridges, and that it had remained there for 2.5 years with no significant migration due to soil erosion or water drainage. Slope aspect also strongly affected air dose rates. By the continuous measurement using KURAMA-II, we describe the variation in air dose rates in a mountainous area and suggest that it is important to consider topography when selecting sampling points to estimating dose rates or contaminant deposition.

Journal Articles

A Passive collection system for whole size fractions in river suspended solids

Matsunaga, Takeshi; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Takeuchi, Erina; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Nishimura, Shusaku; Koarashi, Jun; Otosaka, Shigeyoshi; Sato, Tsutomu*; Nagao, Seiya*

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 303(2), p.1291 - 1295, 2015/02

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:32.14(Chemistry, Analytical)

An innovative, yet simple method for the passive collection of radioactive materials in river water has been developed and validated. The method employes large filter vessels, containing multiple cartridge filters. River water is led to the system naturally using a drop of the riverbed by hose from upstream. This method makes long-term, unmanned monitoring possible. In addition to regular radioactivity analyses, this method provides an opportunity for the characterization of suspended materials based on its ample collection quantities (more than several tens of grams). This method may also be applicable to sediment-bound chemicals.

Journal Articles

Topographic heterogeneity effect on the accumulation of Fukushima-derived radiocesium on forest floor driven by biologically mediated processes

Koarashi, Jun; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Takeuchi, Erina; Nishimura, Shusaku

Scientific Reports (Internet), 4, p.6853_1 - 6853_7, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:39 Percentile:80.12(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant caused serious radiocesium ($$^{137}$$Cs) contamination of forest ecosystems located in mountainous and hilly regions with steep terrain. To understand topographic effects on the redistribution and accumulation of $$^{137}$$Cs on forest floor, we investigated the distribution of Fukushima-derived $$^{137}$$Cs in forest-floor litter layers on a steep hillslope in a Japanese deciduous forest in August 2013. Both leaf-litter materials and litter-associated $$^{137}$$Cs were accumulated in large amounts at the bottom of the hillslope. At the bottom, a significant fraction (65%) of the $$^{137}$$Cs inventory was observed to be associated with newly shed and less degraded leaf-litter materials, with estimated mean ages of 0.5-1.5 years, added via litterfall after the accident. Newly emerged leaves at the site were contaminated with Fukushima-derived $$^{137}$$Cs in May 2011 (two months after the accident) and $$^{137}$$Cs concentration in them decreased with time. However, the concentrations were still two orders of magnitude higher than the pre-accident level in 2013 and 2014. These observations are the first to show that $$^{137}$$Cs redistribution on a forested hillslope is strongly controlled by biologically mediated processes and continues to supply $$^{137}$$Cs to the bottom via litterfall at a reduced rate.

Oral presentation

Effects on $$^{14}$$C measurement in differences in pretreatment of graphitization; Comparison of Sulfix with silver foil

Takeuchi, Erina; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Koarashi, Jun; Kokubu, Yoko; Nishio, Tomohiro*; Owaki, Yoshio*; Sanada, Katsuki*

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Oral presentation

Measurement of air dose rate distribution in a forest catchment using KURAMA-II

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

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Oral presentation

Fluvial discharges of particulate and dissolved radiocesium from a forest catchment

Takeuchi, Erina; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Nishimura, Shusaku; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Koarashi, Jun; Matsunaga, Takeshi

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Radiocesium in a mountainous forested catchment; Inventory, distribution, and fluvial discharge

Takeuchi, Erina; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Nishimura, Shusaku; Nakanishi, Takahiro; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Koarashi, Jun; Matsunaga, Takeshi

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Stream-water organic carbon export from a mountainous forested catchment

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

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Evaluation of $$^{14}$$C-contamination in different graphite-preparation methods to remove sulfur impurities

Takeuchi, Erina; Koarashi, Jun; Kokubu, Yoko; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko; Nishio, Tomohiro*; Owaki, Yoshio*; Matsubara, Akihiro

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Oral presentation

Rapid determination of $$^{90}$$Sr in urine samples by extraction chromatography coupled to ICP-MS/MS

Tomita, Jumpei; Takeuchi, Erina

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Oral presentation

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