Source term estimation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident

Guido Cervone, Pasquale Franzese

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A new methodology is presented for the reconstruction of an unsteady release rate of an atmospheric contaminant, based on atmospheric transport and dispersion models, concentration measurements, and stochastic search techniques. The methodology is applied to reconstruct the radiation release rate for the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.The observed radiation data were retrieved from 218 stations located in 17 Japanese prefectures. The dispersion simulations are performed using the SCIPUFF model, using model vertical profiles and ground meteorological data. The non-stationary time-series of the Fukushima release rate is determined for a period of 5 days with a 2-h resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationData Mining for Geoinformatics
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781461476696
ISBN (Print)1461476682, 9781461476689
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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