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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs6
  • SDGs11
(Fukushima University/Institute of Environmental Radioactivity in Fukushima University)
Research Institutions in Japan Fukushima University
Research Institutions in Ukraine The National Institute for Strategic Studies
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Ukraine
General Description of the Research Project This project aims to utilize the scientific knowledge and skills related to background radiation that we have measured and monitored in Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, for the area surrounding Chernobyl, which is recovering from the nuclear catastrophe, and to contribute to environmental reclamation technology and the establishment of new re-zoning systems in that area. Currently, in this area, issues of concern includes: evaluation of environmental effects causing the water level drop for the cooling ponds (ponds that provide cooling water to the nuclear reactor), the re-zoning for evacuation areas as a result of chronical change of background radiation, and the establishment of dynamic monitoring system for background radiation dispersing by fires caused in radioactive contaminated forest areas. In this project, as well as conducting research activities for these various issues, we will utilize monitoring data to further develop existing dynamic forecast models for radioactive substance, and predict wide-ranging, mid- and long-term forecasts of radioactive contamination risks. Based on the knowledge and data thus gained, we will propose to amend the regulations regarding the residential environment and the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry fields in the areas surrounding Chernobyl. We will build up human resources who can appropriately responses to nuclear disaster problems by aiming for safe and effective post-nuclear disaster environmental reclamation, and by also enhancing the knowledge and skills for both young researchers.
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