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Factors controlling the spatiotemporal variation of $$^{137}$$Cs in seabed sediment off the Fukushima coast; Implications from numerical simulations

Misumi, Kazuhiro*; Tsumune, Daisuke*; Tsubono, Takaki*; Tateda, Yutaka*; Aoyama, Michio*; Kobayashi, Takuya; Hirose, Katsumi*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 136, p.218 - 228, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:22 Percentile:54.64(Environmental Sciences)

Major controls on spatiotemporal variations of $$^{137}$$Cs activity in seabed sediments derived from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident during the first year after the accident were investigated by using numerical simulations. The model successfully reproduced major features of the observed spatiotemporal variations of $$^{137}$$Cs activity in sediments. The spatial pattern of $$^{137}$$Cs in sediments, which mainly reflected the history of $$^{137}$$Cs activity in the bottom water overlying the sediment and the sediment particle size distribution, became established during the first several months after the accident. Taking $$^{137}$$Cs activities in sediments in the coastal area and in the vicinity of the power plant into account, increased the simulated total inventory of $$^{137}$$Cs in sediments off the Fukushima coast to a value on the order of 10$$^{14}$$ Bq.

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Oceanic dispersion simulations of $$^{137}$$Cs released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Masumoto, Yukio*; Miyazawa, Yasumasa*; Tsumune, Daisuke*; Tsubono, Takaki*; Kobayashi, Takuya; Kawamura, Hideyuki; Estournel, C.*; Marsaleix, P.*; Lanerolle, L.*; Mehra, A.*; et al.

Elements, 8(3), p.207 - 212, 2012/06

 Times Cited Count:79 Percentile:91.98(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

Present status of oceanic dispersion simulations of cesium 137 ($$^{137}$$Cs) directly discharged from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are reviewed using five model outputs and other available informations, focusing on estimations of discharged amount of $$^{137}$$Cs and subsequent dispersion in a region off Fukushima during March and April, 2011. Common aspects and discrepancies among the simulated results are described. While the discharged amount spreads from about 1 to 27 P Bq of $$^{137}$$Cs among the estimates, the values obtained from the five models indicate 2 to 4 P Bq. With these total amounts and time evolutions of the discharge rate, mimicking observed $$^{137}$$Cs concentration near FDNPP, as a source for the dispersion calculation, all the five models simulated the $$^{137}$$Cs dispersion in the ocean reasonably well corresponding to the observed distributions.

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