Ken Buesseler: Fukushima’s Effects on the Ocean


Among the presenters at the Oct. 14 joint meeting of the U.S.-Japan Roundtable and the Forum on Energy’s Editorial Board was Dr. Ken Buesseler, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Buesseler specializes in the study of natural and manmade 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.

Buessler believes that Fukushima’s ongoing problem with managing the contaminated water leaks requires a review of the effect of the radiation washing into the nearby ocean. He has collected and analyzed data from the area around Fukushima and beyond in order to assess the effects on the marine ecology. The main focus is on Cesium, a radionuclide that was in great quantities during the initial leaks from the power plant, and its effect on the ecology, the water, migratory fish and others. For more information regarding Buessler’s research, please refer to his articles in Oceanus, a Woods Hole Institute publication (English version/Japanese version).

View his presentation below: