An impact assessment for the French nuclear weapon test sites in French Polynesia

Ribbe, Joachim and Tomczak, Matthias (1990) An impact assessment for the French nuclear weapon test sites in French Polynesia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 21. pp. 536-542. ISSN 0025-326X


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A numerical dispersion model was used to elaborate an impact assessment for the French nuclear weapon testing site in French Polynesia. The three dimensional equation of advection/diffusion was solved with the mean of the Monte Carlo Technique. The mean transport field, isotropic horizontal and vertical turbulent exchange and radioactive decay were taken into consideration, but no biochemical processes were included. Over a period of ten years the dispersion of the as conservative assumed radionuclide cesium 137 was monitored considering two different scenarios of its introduction into the marine environment. The results of both scenarios are quite different in the farfield. However, in both cases the local environment of French Polynesia is the most effected.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirments.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: nuclear weapon testing, French Polynesia, marine radioactivity, environmental assessment, marine pollution, ocean modelling, tracer, Monte Carlo Method
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography

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