90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu concentration surface water time series in the Pacific and Indian Oceans - WOMARS results

Title90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu concentration surface water time series in the Pacific and Indian Oceans - WOMARS results
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsPovinec, P.P., Aarkrog A., Buesseler K.O., Delfanti Roberta, Hirose K., Hong G.H., Ito T., Livingston H.D., Nies H., Noshkin V.E., Shima S., and Togawa O.
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Volume81
Pagination63-87
ISSN0265931X
Keywordsarticle, atomic bomb, atomic warfare, cesium, cesium 137, Cesium compounds, Cesium Radioisotopes, concentration (parameters), Fallout removal rates, geography, Geologic Sediments, half life time, Half-Life, Half-lives, Health, human, Humans, Indian Ocean, international cooperation, marine environment, methodology, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons testing, Ocean circulation, oceanic regions, Pacific Ocean, Plutonium, plutonium 239, plutonium 240, Plutonium compounds, radiation monitoring, Radioactive, Radioactive Fallout, radioactive pollution, radioactive waste, Radioactive waste disposal, radioactivity, radioisotope, Radioisotopes, radionuclide, Regression analysis, sea water, Seawater, sediment, statistics, Strontium, strontium 90, Strontium compounds, Strontium Radioisotopes, surface water, Surface waters, Time, Time Factors, water flow, Water Movements, water pollutant, Water Pollutants, Water pollution, World, World Health
Abstract

Under an IAEA's Co-ordinated Research Project "Worldwide Marine Radioactivity Studies (WOMARS)" 90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu concentration surface water time series in the Pacific and Indian Oceans have been investigated. The Pacific and Indian Oceans were divided into 17 latitudinal boxes according to ocean circulation, global fallout patterns and the location of nuclear weapons test sites. The present levels and time trends in radionuclide concentrations in surface water for each box were studied and the corresponding effective half-lives were estimated. For the year 2000, the estimated average 90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu concentrations in surface waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans varied from 0.1 to 1.5 mBq/L, 0.1 to 2.8 mBq/L, and 0.1 to 5.2 μBq/L, respectively. The mean effective half-lives for 90Sr and 137Cs in surface water were 12 ± 1 years for the North, 20 ± 1 years for the South and 21 ± 2 years for the Equatorial Pacific. For 239,240Pu the corresponding mean effective half-lives were 7 ± 1 years for the North, 12 ± 4 years for the South and 10 ± 2 years for the Equatorial Pacific. For the Indian Ocean the mean effective half-lives of 137Cs and 239,240Pu were 21 ± 2 years and 9 ± 1 years, respectively. There is evidence that fallout removal rates before 1970 were faster than those observed during recent decades. The estimated surface water concentrations of 90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu in latitudinal belts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans for the year 2000 may be used as the average levels so that any new contribution from nuclear facilities, nuclear weapons test sites, radioactive waste dumping sites and from possible nuclear accidents can be identified. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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DOI10.1016/j.jenvrad.2004.12.003