Assessment of the radiation doses to the public from the cesium in oceans after Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Yue Guan, Shifei Shen, Hong Huang

Abstract

A great number of radioactive cesium were released into sea water after Fukushima Accident. We modified the Regional Oceanic Modelling System (ROMS) to reproduce the dispersion process of the cesium in oceans. The simulated water concentration was in good agreement with observation. In order to explore the nuclear impact of these contaminant in ocean, we established a food web model to calculate the concentration in marine organisms and assess the internal dose rate to the public. The estimated internal dose rate is small compared with the recommended limit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Then, we employed the Monte Carlo N Particle Transport Code (MCNP) to calculate the transfer coefficient. The external dose rate could be estimated by this coefficient and simulated water concentration.

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