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Environmental Contamination from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Dispersion, Monitoring, Mitigation and Lessons Learned

Part of Cambridge Environmental Chemistry Series

Teruyuki Nakajima, Toshimasa Ohara, Mitsuo Uematsu, Yuichi Onda, Mitsuru Ebihara, Atsushi Shinohara, Yasunori Hamajima, Yasuhito Igarashi, Tatsuo Aono, Michio Aoyama, Masayuki Takigawa, Kimiaki Saito, Masamichi Chino, Haruyasu Nagai, Daisuke Tsumune, Yukio Masumoto, Hisashi Nakamura, Yu Morino, Damien Didier, Anne Mathieu, Olivier Saunier, Denis Quelo, Akira Watanabe, Haruo Tsuruta, Daisuke Goto, Kazuyuki Kita, Mizuo Kajino, Yoshio Takahashi, Naohiro Yoshida, Isao Tanihata, Mamoru Fujiwara, Taichu Yasumichi Tanaka, Toshihiko Takemura, Seiya Nagao, Takashi Ishimaru, Jota Kanda, Zofia Baumann, Daniel J. Madigan, Nicholas S. Fisher, Olivier Evrard, Patrick J. Laceby, Tetsuya Matsunaka, Kimikazu Sasa, Kazuya Tanaka, Aya Sakaguchi, Chisato Takenaka, Hiromi Yamazawa, Tokushi Shibata, Hiromi Yokoyama, Masatoshi Imada, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Takeshi Kawano, Atsushi Tsuda, Takaharu Otsuka, Susumu Shimoura
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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475808

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  • The 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station led to serious radioactive contamination of the environment. Due to transportation by seasonal wind and ocean currents, these radioactive materials have now been observed in many places in the Northern Hemisphere. This book provides a unique summary of the environmental impact of the unprecedented accident. It covers how radioactive materials were transported through the atmosphere, oceans and land. The techniques used to investigate the deposition and migration processes are also discussed including atmospheric observation, soil mapping, forest and ecosystem investigations, and numerical simulations. With chapters written by international experts, this is a crucial resource for researchers working on the dispersion and impact of radionuclides in the environment. It also provides essential knowledge for nuclear engineers, social scientists and policymakers to help develop suitable mitigation measures to prepare for similar large-scale natural hazards in the future.

    • Provides unique insight into the experiences of scientists dealing with Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, including useful information for social scientists and science communicators interested in disaster management
    • With chapters by international authors, the book discusses how international research can aid local scientists and society in the event of such disasters
    • Updated from the original 2014 Japanese edition, this volume has thirty percent revised material and includes new analysis of suspended particulate matter samples for determining radioactive iodine and caesium concentrations in the atmosphere
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    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475808
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Dynamics of Radioactive Materials in the Environment:
    1. Introduction – basic concepts regarding the Fukushima accident, radiation and radioactivity Teruyuki Nakajima, Toshimasa Ohara, Mitsuo Uematsu, Yuichi Onda, Mitsuru Ebihara, Atsushi Shinohara, Yasunori Hamajima, Yasuhito Igarashi, Tatsuo Aono, Michio Aoyama, Masayuki Takigawa and Kimiaki Saito
    2. Estimation of environmental releases of radioactive materials Masamichi Chino, Haruyasu Nagai, Daisuke Tsumune and Yukio Masumoto
    3. Diffusion in the atmosphere Masayuki Takigawa, Hisashi Nakamura, Yu Morino, Damien Didier, Anne Mathieu, Olivier Saunier, Denis Quelo, Akira Watanabe, Haruo Tsuruta, Daisuke Goto, Kazuyuki Kita, Mizuo Kajino, Yoshio Takahashi, Naohiro Yoshida, Isao Tanihata and Mamoru Fujiwara
    4. Global transport of radioactive materials Taichu Yasumichi Tanaka, Toshihiko Takemura and Michio Aoyama
    5. Ocean transport of radioactive materials Michio Aoyama, Mitsuo Uematsu, Seiya Nagao, Takashi Ishimaru, Jota Kanda,Tatsuo Aono, Yukio Masumoto, Daisuke Tsumune, Zofia Baumann, Daniel J. Madigan and Nicholas S. Fisher
    6. Diffusion and deposition of radioactive materials in terrestrial environment Isao Tanihata, Mamoru Fujiwara, Yuichi Onda, Olivier Evrard, Patrick J. Laceby, Tetsuya Matsunaka, Kimikazu Sasa, Yoshio Takahashi, Kazuya Tanaka, Aya Sakaguchi and Chisato Takenaka
    Part II. Development and Future Issues of Infrastructure of Disaster Prevention: Preliminary remarks Tokushi Shibata
    7. Monitoring system Hiromi Yamazawa and Yuichi Onda
    8. Dispersion modeling of radioactive materials Haruyasu Nagai and Hiromi Yamazawa
    9. Offsite decontamination Haruyasu Nagai and Hiromi Yamazawa
    Part III. Lessons from the Fukushima Accident and Future Issues:
    10. Urgent actions by scientists Tokushi Shibata, Toshimasa Ohara, Teruyuki Nakajima, Hiromi Yokoyama and Masatoshi Imada
    11. Reports from Fukushima University Teruyuki Nakajima, Tokushi Shibata, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Haruo Tsuruta, Mitsuo Uematsu, Takeshi Kawano, Atsushi Tsuda, Isao Tanihata, Mamoru Fujiwara, Takaharu Otsuka, Susumu Shimoura, Yuichi Onda, Anne Mathieu, Denis Quelo, Olivier Saunier and Damien Didier
    12. Recommendations for the Fukushima project from foreign scientists Anne Mathieu, Denis Quelo, Olivier Saunier, Damien Didier, Nicholas S. Fisher and Olivier Evrard
    Glossary
    References
    Index.

  • Editors

    Teruyuki Nakajima, University of Tokyo
    Teruyuki Nakajima is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo. He is currently serving as Chief Scientist of the Earth Observation Research Center (EROC) at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); and as Secretary General of IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences). At the time of the Fukushima accident he was a member of the Science Council of Japan, Section President of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric sciences at the Japan Geoscience Union; and an executive member of the Japan Meteorological Society. As part of these roles, he helped investigate and organise the emergency response to the disaster. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and in 2017 he was awarded the Japan Purple Ribbon medal.

    Toshimasa Ohara, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
    Toshimasa Ohara is Researcher Director of the Fukushima Branch at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). He leads the Environmental Emergency Research Program that contributes to environmental recovery and renovation in Fukushima. After the Fukushima accident his group worked on atmospheric simulations of radionuclides from the disaster, and published the first result of temporal and spatial variations of deposition rates on a regional scale. He is President of the Japan Society for Atmospheric Environment and serves as a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET).

    Mitsuo Uematsu, University of Tokyo
    Mitsuo Uematsu is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Centre for International Collaboration at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. His major research interests include the long-range transport of natural and anthropogenic substances over the ocean and the properties of marine aerosols, including their impact on the marine environment. He has received several awards from Japanese societies and international organizations. He has served as President of the Oceanographic Society of Japan, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP SC), and Chair of the Japanese National Committee for Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

    Yuichi Onda, University of Tsukuba, Japan
    Yuichi Onda is the Chief Administrator of the Center for Research and Environmental Dynamics, and a Professor at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, both at the University of Tsukuba. He specializes in hydrogeomorphology and geomorphic development. After the Fukushima accident, he started an interdisciplinary research project on gamma-emitting radionuclides released into the environment in order to study the behaviour of radionuclides in terrestrial and marine environments. The results of the study are expected to contribute to the reconstruction of the contaminated environment.

    Contributors

    Teruyuki Nakajima, Toshimasa Ohara, Mitsuo Uematsu, Yuichi Onda, Mitsuru Ebihara, Atsushi Shinohara, Yasunori Hamajima, Yasuhito Igarashi, Tatsuo Aono, Michio Aoyama, Masayuki Takigawa, Kimiaki Saito, Masamichi Chino, Haruyasu Nagai, Daisuke Tsumune, Yukio Masumoto, Hisashi Nakamura, Yu Morino, Damien Didier, Anne Mathieu, Olivier Saunier, Denis Quelo, Akira Watanabe, Haruo Tsuruta, Daisuke Goto, Kazuyuki Kita, Mizuo Kajino, Yoshio Takahashi, Naohiro Yoshida, Isao Tanihata, Mamoru Fujiwara, Taichu Yasumichi Tanaka, Toshihiko Takemura, Seiya Nagao, Takashi Ishimaru, Jota Kanda, Zofia Baumann, Daniel J. Madigan, Nicholas S. Fisher, Olivier Evrard, Patrick J. Laceby, Tetsuya Matsunaka, Kimikazu Sasa, Kazuya Tanaka, Aya Sakaguchi, Chisato Takenaka, Hiromi Yamazawa, Tokushi Shibata, Hiromi Yokoyama, Masatoshi Imada, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Takeshi Kawano, Atsushi Tsuda, Takaharu Otsuka, Susumu Shimoura

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