Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fukushima: Texas A&M simulation vs ground measurements

One of the "raison d'etre" of this blog is to compare ground measurements from government or citizen sensor networks and the diverse computational simulations used to model man made or natural plumes. While the French ISRN has performed some computations, its own sensor network is likely to not going to be able to pick up the radiation as it is likely to be in the background when it reaches metropolitan France. At Texas A&M,   Kenneth Bowman, Cameron  Homeyer have continued providing computation of the transport of aerosols from the Fukushima plant. How do these computations compare with the readings from the different government owned sensor networks ?. In particular, how do these measurements compare with the two events listed in the Texas A&M maps.?

The fire at Reactor 4 took place at 9:40 am March 15 JST (0:40 March 15 GMT) while the explosion of reactor 2 took place earlier at 6:10 a.m (21:10 March 14 GMT) that day (see here for references)

Tuesday, March 152011-03-15 00Z - analysis only (time of reported fire in reactor #4)

According to the trajectories, four ticks later (12 hours later) it is over Ibakari prefecture. The first peak is at 6 AM JST on March 16th (21:00 GMT March 15th). While the red tracks goes south, the green and blue stays over that prefecture and are a therefore consistent with the peak recorded there at 6AM JST (21 hours later). But that measurement is also consistent with the explosion at reactor #2.(24 hours later) as can be seen in the following map.

Monday, March 14  2011-03-14 21Z - analysis only (time of reported explosion in reactor #2)

So from a first reading of these maps, it does not look feasible to evaluate which of these two accidents is contributing to the measurements on the ground. Let us also not that the days after may 16, 17, the aerosols went over the pacific ocean.thereby reducing the dose to the land.

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