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JAEA Reports

Applied research for the establishment of radiation monitoring and evaluation of exposure dose of residence at the zone designated for reconstruction and recovery

Funaki, Hironori; Takahara, Shogo; Sasaki, Miyuki; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Nakama, Shigeo; Sanada, Yukihisa

JAEA-Research 2018-016, 48 Pages, 2019/03

JAEA-Research-2018-016.pdf:29.73MB

Cabinet Office Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters starts to consider radiation protection in the "specific reconstruction reproduction base area" of which evacuation order will be lifted by 2023. It is essential to grab the present situations of radiation contamination and evaluate exposure dose in the area to realize the plan. Many surveys have evaluated the distributions of air dose rate and exposure dose has been estimated based on the results since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Nevertheless, more detailed information on exposure is needed for the areas because its radiation level is relatively high. That is also to help make prudent evaluation plan. This study aimed to evaluate the detailed contamination situation there and estimate exposure dose with considering areal circumstances. Investigations were carried out for (1) airborne survey of air dose rate using an unmanned helicopter (2) evaluation of airborne radiocesium and (3) estimation of external/internal effective doses for typical activity patterns assumed. Additionally, we applied new methods for the airborne survey to evaluate exposure dose. Our study showed a detailed three-dimensional map of air dose rate and clarified the distribution pattern in the areas. Results of effective dose estimation suggested that the internal effective dose due to inhalation accounts for less than 1% of the external effective dose.

Journal Articles

Updating source term and atmospheric dispersion simulations for the dose reconstruction in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident

Nagai, Haruyasu; Terada, Hiroaki; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Katata, Genki; Ota, Masakazu; Furuno, Akiko; Akari, Shusaku

EPJ Web of Conferences, 153, p.08012_1 - 08012_7, 2017/09

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:10.14

In order to assess the radiological dose to the public resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) accident in Japan, the spatiotemporal distribution of radioactive materials in the environment are reconstructed by computer simulations. In this study, by refining the source term of radioactive materials and modifying the atmospheric dispersion model (ATDM), the atmospheric dispersion simulation of radioactive materials is improved. Then, a database of spatiotemporal distribution of radioactive materials in the air and on the ground surface is developed from the output of the simulation. This database is used in other studies for the dose assessment by coupling with the behavioral pattern of evacuees from the FDNPS accident. The ATDM simulation was improved to use a new meteorological model and sophisticated deposition scheme. Although the improved ATDM simulations reproduced well the $$^{137}$$Cs deposition pattern in the eastern Japan scale, the reproducibility of deposition pattern was decreased in the vicinity of FDNPS. This result indicated the necessity of further refinement of the source term by optimization to the improved ATDM simulations.

Journal Articles

Model testing using data on $$^{131}$$I released from Hanford

Thiessen, K. M.*; Napier, B. A.*; Filistovic, V.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; Kany$'a$r, B*; Krajewski, P.*; Kryshev, A. I.*; Nedveckaite, T.*; N$'e$nyei, A.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(2), p.211 - 224, 2005/00

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:80.31(Environmental Sciences)

The Hanford test scenario described an accidental release of $$^{131}$$I to the environment from the Hanford Purex Chemical Separations Plant in September 1963. Based on monitoring data collected after the release, this scenario was used by the Dose Reconstruction Working Group of BIOMASS. Predicted doses to actual children with high milk consumption ranged from 0.006 to 2 mSv. The predicted deposition at any given location varied among participants by a factor of 5 to 80. Predicted ingestion doses for children, normalized for predicted deposition, varied by about a factor of 10. The exercise provided an opportunity for comparison of assessment methods and conceptual approaches, testing model predictions against measurements, and identifying the most important contributors to uncertainty in the assessment result. Key factors affecting predictions included the approach to handling incomplete data, interpretation of input information, selection of parameter values, adjustment of models for sitespecific conditions, and treatment of uncertainties.

Journal Articles

Model testing using data on $$^{137}$$Cs from Chernobyl fallout in the Iput River catchment area of Russia

Thiessen, K. M.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; Apostoaei, A. I.*; Balonov, M. I.*; Crawford, J.*; Domel, R.*; Fesenko, S.*; Filistovic, V.*; Galeriu, D.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; et al.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 84(2), p.225 - 244, 2005/00

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:85.81(Environmental Sciences)

Data collected following the Chernobyl accident in 1986 have provided a unique opportunity to test the reliability of computer models for contamination of terrestrial and aquatic environments. The Iput River scenario was used by the Dose Reconstruction Working Group of BIOMASS. The test area was one of the most highly contaminated areas in Russia following the accident, with an average contamination density of $$^{137}$$Cs of 800, 000 Bq m$$^{-2}$$ and localized contamination up to 1,500,000 Bq m$$^{-2}$$, and a variety of countermeasures that were implemented in the test area had to be considered in the modelling exercise. Difficulties encountered during the exercise included averaging of data to account for uneven contamination of the test area, simulating the downward migration and decrease in bioavailability of $$^{137}$$Cs in soil, and modelling the effectiveness of countermeasures. The accuracy of model predictions is dependent at least in part on the experience and judgment of the participant in interpretation of input information, selection of parameter values, and treatment of uncertainties.

Journal Articles

Model testing using data from accidental released of I-131 and Cs-137

Thiessen, K. M.*; Napier, B. A.*; Filistovic, V.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; Kany$'a$r, B*; Krajewski, P.*; Kryshev, A. I.*; Nedveckaite, T.*; N$'e$nyei, A.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; et al.

Proceedings from the International Conference on Radioactivity in the Environment, p.313 - 316, 2002/09

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Model testing using data on $$^{137}$$Cs from Chernobyl fallout in the Iput River catchment area of Russia

Thiessen, K. M.*; Sazykina, T. G.*; Apostoaei, A. I.*; Balonov, M.*; Crawford, J.*; Domel, R.*; Fesenko, S.*; Filistovic, V.*; Galeriu, D.*; Homma, Toshimitsu; et al.

Proceedings from the International Conference on Radioactivity in the Environment, p.317 - 320, 2002/09

no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

OSCAAR calculations for the Iput dose reconstruction scenario of BIOMASS theme 2

Homma, Toshimitsu; Matsunaga, Takeshi

JAERI-Research 2000-059, 63 Pages, 2001/01

JAERI-Research-2000-059.pdf:2.36MB

no abstracts in English

Oral presentation

Updating source term and an atmospheric transport, dispersion and deposition model, WSPEEDI

Nagai, Haruyasu; Terada, Hiroaki; Tsuzuki, Katsunori; Ota, Masakazu; Furuno, Akiko; Akari, Shusaku; Katata, Genki

no journal, , 

In order to assess the radiological dose to the public resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident in Japan, the spatial and temporal distribution of radioactive materials in the environment are reconstructed by computer simulations. In this study, by refining the source term of radioactive materials discharged into the atmosphere and modifying the atmospheric dispersion model, the atmospheric dispersion simulation of radioactive materials is improved. Then, a database of spatiotemporal distribution of radioactive materials in the air and on the ground surface is developed from the output of the simulation, and is used for the dose assessment by coupling with the behavioral pattern of evacuees from the nuclear accident. In this year, (1) investigation of the source term, (2) improvement of atmospheric dispersion simulation, and (3) acquisition and organization of measured data have been conducted.

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