Diffusion in the atmosphere

Hisashi Nakamura, Yu Morino, Masayuki Takigawa, Anne Mathieu, Olivier Saunier, Denis Quélo, Damien Didier, Akira Watanabe, Haruo Tsuruta, Yasuji Oura, Mitsuru Ebihara, Daisuke Goto, Kazuyuki Kita, Mizuo Kajino, Yoshio Takahashi, Naohiro Yoshida, Isao Tanihata, Mamoru Fujiwara

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In nuclear power plant accidents, enormous amounts of radioactive substances are released over a relatively short period of time (several hours to days). The direction and range over which the substances are dispersed and the amount deposited on the ground surface are influenced not only by the amount that is released but also by meteorological conditions at the time of and immediately following an accident. The most important meteorological factors include wind direction, wind speed and precipitation. Whereas wind direction and speed directly affect the atmospheric transport of radioactive substances, precipitation is the predominant factor that controls the removal of these substances from the atmosphere by wet deposition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Contamination from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Subtitle of host publicationDispersion, Monitoring, Mitigation and Lessons Learned
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages50
ISBN (Electronic)9781108574273
ISBN (Print)9781108475808
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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