PUBLIC TALK: The Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in the Ocean
A public lecture by Professor Pere Masqué, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and 2014 UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow.
The accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 caused the largest accidental release of radiation to the ocean. The magnitude of the disaster raised the alarm on the potential impact in marine ecosystems, aside from the obvious concern on the implications for human health via seafood consumption. Several monitoring programs were implemented soon after the accident, evidencing the relevance of the emissions of Iodine-131, Cesium-134 and Cesium-137: the concentrations of these radionuclides in seawater offshore the coast of Japan were enhanced by several orders of magnitude relative to background levels derived from the global fallout during the 20th century. Efforts on evaluating other potentially significant radionuclides, such as Iodine-129, Strontium-90 or Plutonium isotopes, were scarcer, largely because of the complexity of the required analysis. Here we will examine the already substantial amount of data and information accumulated over these last two years, and see how well we understand the impact of the accident in the marine environment.
Cost: Free, but RSVP required via https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/masque
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