Category Archives: Sampling

Mutant butterflies a result of Fukushima nuclear disaster

From CNN, August 14, 2012: In the first sign that the Fukushima nuclear disaster may be changing life around it, scientists say they’ve found mutant butterflies. Some of the butterflies had abnormalities in their legs, antennae, and abdomens, and dents in … Continue reading

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Fukushima Workers Made to Falsify Radiation Exposure — Covered Dosimeters with Lead Plates

From the Boston Globe, article by Mari Yamaguchi, July 23, 2012. Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay … Continue reading

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“Liquidators” Sifted Through Chernobyl 25 Years Ago

  Photographs by Igor Kostin, Sygma/Corbis, story by Marianne Lavelle for National Geographic as part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge. Before the Fukushima 50, there were the Chernobyl liquidators.  After the nuclear reactor explosion 25 years … Continue reading

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Issues to Consider

From Mark Monmonier’s Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather (1999): “Vulnerability modeling is not foolproof. Emergency managers need to experiment with different models and understand their simplifying assumptions, which usually ignore the influence of terrain on toxic … Continue reading

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Creating a Toxic Plume Map

From Mark Monmonier’s Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather (1999): “To assess the effects of complex terrain and whimsical weather, planners and environmental engineers use hourly data on wind, temperature, and humidity to simulate the proposed the … Continue reading

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Intro to Plume Modeling (Monmonier)

From Mark Monmonier’s Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather (1999): “Different chemicals and weather conditions generate surface plumes, or footprints, varying in shape and length” (104). “A map focused on one location can either present the model … Continue reading

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Issues Predicting Fallout Using Precipitation

From S.E. Palsson et al. Science of the Total Environment, Prediction of spatial variation in global fallout of 137Cs using precipitation: The relationship between precipitation and deposition density is often inadequately characterized so that it becomes difficult to compare results between different … Continue reading

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