New local site to monitor ocean radioactivity

Jun 2, 2014

Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is slowly making its way across the Pacific Ocean. Ken Buesseler, research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is determined to keep an eye on it.  On Sunday morning, June 1, a group of volunteers gathered at Bodega Head to inaugurate a new sampling site that will be maintained with the help of Santa Rosa Junior College Students.  

The levels of Cesium 134 predicted to arrive on the North American coast are too low to pose a hazard to either humans or wildlife. To ensure that the levels really are as low as predicted, Buesseler is spearheading a citizen science project called Our Radioactive Ocean to coordinate monitoring. 

The site also answers many common questions about radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima disaster.