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Radioactivity In Our Ocean: Fukushima & Its Impact On The Pacific  


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September 14, 2015

In 2011, radiation from the tsunami damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant entered the Pacific Ocean and raised concerns about potential health risks to humans and the environment. 

Join us for a scientific presentation on the movement and implications of this radioactivity across the Pacific Ocean and learn how scientists are engaging citizens in monitoring radiation along the B.C. coast.

Dr. Ken Buesseler, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, specializes in the study of natural and man-made radionuclides in the ocean.  His work includes studies of fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, assessments of Chernobyl impacts on the Black Sea, and examination of radionuclide contaminants in the Pacific resulting from the Fukushima nuclear power plants. He is currently Director of the new Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at WHOI. You can visit his website, Our Radioactive Ocean, for more information.

Dr. Jay Cullen, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, is a chemical oceanographer who specializes in understanding the function and fate of trace elements in the marine environment. His work includes over 30 peer-reviewed publications and nearly 20 research cruises in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. He is leading a citizen science project that monitors radioactivity from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant on the Pacific coast of Canada.  

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