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Journal Articles

Temporal changes in radiocesium deposition on the Fukushima floodplain

Nakanishi, Takahiro; Sato, Seiji; Matsumoto, Takumi*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.311 - 314, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:42.44(Environmental Sciences)

There has been significant concern about an increase of exposure dose in living sphere due to the accumulation of radiocesium discharged from contaminated mountainous forest in Fukushima. In this study, we investigated the history of radiocesium deposition on some floodplains in Fukushima. Radiocesium concentrations of river suspended particles and air dose rates at floodplains were also observed continuously. In many situations, annual sediment accumulation at floodplains was only several kg m$$^{-2}$$ and its radiocesium concentration was gradually decreasing in line with that of suspended particle. Simultaneously, air dose rates on floodplains were decreasing with time. In 2015 with heavy flood discharge, several hundred kg m$$^{-2}$$ of sediment accumulation and sharply decrease of air dose rate was observed at rivers without reservoir. Conversely, radiocesium accumulation at floodplain was significant reduced due to deposition on upstream reservoir.

Journal Articles

Development of dose estimation system integrating sediment model for recycling radiocesium-contaminated soil to coastal reclamation

Miwa, Kazuji; Takeda, Seiji; Iimoto, Takeshi*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.372 - 375, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Environmental Sciences)

The Ministry of the Environment has indicated the policy of recycling the contaminated soil generated by decontamination activity after the Fukushima accident. By recycling to coastal reclamation which is one of effective recycling application, dissolved radiocesium and absorbed radiocesium on soil particles will flow out to the ocean by construction, therefore evaluating radiocesium transition in ocean considering the both types of radiocesium is important for safety assessment. In this study, the radiocesium outflow during constructing and after constructing is modeled, and radiocesium transition in ocean is evaluated by Sediment model suggested in OECD/NEA. The adaptability of sediment model is confirmed by reproducing evaluation of the coastal area of Fukushima. We incorporate the sediment model to PASCLR2 code system to evaluate the doses from radiocesium in ocean.

Journal Articles

Applicability of autonomous unmanned helicopter survey of air dose rate in suburban area

Yoshimura, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Kenso; Nakama, Shigeo

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.315 - 318, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

Journal Articles

Application of the forest shielding factor to the maximum-likelihood expectation maximization method for airborne radiation monitoring

Sasaki, Miyuki; Sanada, Yukihisa; Yamamoto, Akio*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.400 - 404, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

The maximum-likelihood expectation maximization (ML-EM) method is expected to improve the accuracy of airborne radiation monitoring using an unmanned aerial vehicle. The accuracy of the ML-EM method depends on various parameters, including detector efficiency, attenuation factor, and shielding factor. In this study, we evaluate the shielding factor of trees based on several field radiation measurements. From the actual measurement, the shielding factors were well correlated with the heights of the trees. The evaluated shielding factors were applied to the ML-EM method in conjunction with the measured data obtained from above the Fukushima forest. Compared with the conventional methods used for calculating the dose rate, the proposed method is found to be more reliable.

Journal Articles

Comparative study on performance of various environmental radiation monitors

Tamakuma, Yuki*; Yamada, Ryohei; Suzuki, Takahito*; Kuroki, Tomohiro*; Saga, Rikiya*; Mizuno, Hiroyuki*; Sasaki, Hiroyuki*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Tokonami, Shinji*

Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 184(3-4), p.307 - 310, 2019/10

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:23.13(Environmental Sciences)

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the radiation dose for first responders was not evaluated accurately due to lack of the monitoring data. It has been important to evaluate a radiation dose for workers in emergency response at a nuclear accident. In this study, a new device which can evaluate both of external and internal exposure doses was developed and the performance of various environmental radiation monitors including commercially available monitors were tested and compared from the viewpoint of an environmental monitoring at emergency situation. Background counts of the monitors and the ambient dose equivalent rate were measured in Fukushima Prefecture. The detection limit for beta particles was evaluated by the method of ISO11929. The sensitivity for gamma-rays of the dust monitor using a ZnS(Ag) and a plastic scintillator was high, but that of the external exposure monitor using a silicon photodiode with CsI(Tl) crystal was relatively low. The detection limit ranged 190-280 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ at 100 $$mu$$Sv h$$^{-1}$$, exceeding the detection limit of 100 Bq m$$^{-3}$$ in the minimum requirement by the National Regulation Authority in Japan. Use of the shielding with lead is necessary to achieve the minimum requirement. These results indicate that the dust monitor using a ZnS(Ag) scintillator and a plastic scintillator is suitable for the external exposure monitor and the developed internal exposure monitor is for the internal exposure monitor at emergency situation among the evaluated monitors. In the future study, the counting efficiency, the relative uncertainty and the performance of the detection for alpha particles will be evaluated, and it will be considered which type of a monitor is suitable after taking the portability into account.

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Dose variation measurement at the high background radiation area in Indonesia

Sasaki, Michiya*; Yamada, Ryohei; Akata, Naofumi*; Tokonami, Shinji*; Hosoda, Masahiro*; Iwaoka, Kazuki*; Chanis, P.*; Kudo, Hiromi*; Sahoo, K.*; Iskandar, D.*; et al.

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Recently, Mamuju city in Sulawesi Island, Indonesia and its surrounding area is known as the high background radiation area, and is regarded as a possible area for an epidemiological study. In this study we have measured the hourly dose rates of individuals and the environment with the D-shuttle dosimeter, which has been developed by the Chiyoda Technol Corporation. With the aid of local residents living at Botteng village, which is located south of Mamuju city, short term and long term measurements were conducted for three days and nine months, respectively. Two volunteers have equipped the D-shuttle for the short term measurement, and seven families supported the short and long term measurements of the environmental dose rate, for both inside and outside the house. From our results, since some variation was observed regarding with day or night, correlation with radon concentration was suggested.

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Potential inhalation dose due to remediation activities in the Fukushima exclusion zone

Tschiersch, J.*; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Spielmann, V.*; Hurkamp, K.*; Iijima, Kazuki; Shinonaga, Taeko*; Miyahara, Kaname

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Inhalation dose depends on the kind and amount of inhaled radionuclides, but also on the size of radioactive particles and the solubility of the radionuclides in the lungs. Initial measurements during decontamination provide experimental data of the main parameters. These are particle size distribution with activity median aerodynamic diameter (AMAD) and geometric standard deviation and the solubility in the lungs. The dose assessment is performed according ICRP lung model using the computer code IMBA professional. Doses determined from measured parameters are compared to those using ICRP default values. Variability is studied and the range of potential inhalation dose is assessed.

Oral presentation

Development of emergency monitoring system for radionuclide emitting alpha-ray in the air

Hokama, Tomonori; Fujita, Hiroki; Iimoto, Takeshi*

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It is important to monitor alpha-ray emitting radionuclides in an airborne sample in case of emergency such as nuclear and radiation accidents. However, it was difficult to assess concentrations of their artificial alpha-ray emitting radionuclides because of the abundance of natural radionuclides. In this research, I develop the emergency monitoring system for artificial radionuclides emitting alpha-ray such as plutonium in the air, using survey meter and multiple time interval analysis. The detection limit of this developed monitoring system was 2.5$$times$$10$$^{-8}$$ Bq cm$$^{-3}$$ in concentration of artificial radionuclide in the air.

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