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Potential Source Apportionment and Meteorological Conditions Involved in Airborne 131I Detections in January/February 2017 in Europe

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, July 2018
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Title
Potential Source Apportionment and Meteorological Conditions Involved in Airborne 131I Detections in January/February 2017 in Europe
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, July 2018
DOI 10.1021/acs.est.8b01810
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Authors

O. Masson, G. Steinhauser, H. Wershofen, J. W. Mietelski, H. W. Fischer, L. Pourcelot, O. Saunier, J. Bieringer, T. Steinkopff, M. Hýža, B. Møller, T. W. Bowyer, E. Dalaka, A. Dalheimer, A. de Vismes-Ott, K. Eleftheriadis, M. Forte, C. Gasco Leonarte, K. Gorzkiewicz, Z. Homoki, K. Isajenko, T. Karhunen, C. Katzlberger, R. Kierepko, J. Kövendiné Kónyi, H. Malá, J. Nikolic, P. P. Povinec, M. Rajacic, W. Ringer, P. Rulík, R. Rusconi, G. Sáfrány, I. Sykora, D. Todorović, J. Tschiersch, K. Ungar, B. Zorko

Abstract

Traces of particulate radioactive iodine (131I) were detected in the European atmosphere in January/February 2017. Concentrations of this nuclear fission product were very low, ranging 0.1 to 10 μBq m-3 except at one location in western Russia where they reached up to several mBq m-3. Detections have been reported continuously over an 8-week period by about 30 monitoring stations. We examine possible emission source apportionments and rank them considering their expected contribution in terms of orders of magnitude from typical routine releases: radiopharmaceutical production units > sewage sludge incinerators > nuclear power plants > spontaneous fission of uranium in soil. Inverse modeling simulations indicate that the widespread detections of 131I resulted from the combination of multiple source releases. Among them, those from radiopharmaceutical production units remain the most likely. One of them is located in Western Russia and its estimated source term complies with authorized limits. Other existing sources related to 131I use (medical purposes or sewage sludge incineration) can explain detections on a rather local scale. As an enhancing factor, the prevailing wintertime meteorological situations marked by strong temperature inversions led to poor dispersion conditions that resulted in higher concentrations exceeding usual detection limits in use within the informal Ring of Five (Ro5) monitoring network.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 34 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 10 29%
Student > Master 4 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 9%
Other 2 6%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 6%
Other 5 15%
Unknown 8 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 10 29%
Physics and Astronomy 4 12%
Chemistry 3 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Engineering 2 6%
Other 4 12%
Unknown 9 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 July 2018.
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#3,946,886
of 14,361,786 outputs
Outputs from Environmental Science & Technology
#5,129
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#94,378
of 274,809 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Environmental Science & Technology
#108
of 219 outputs
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