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Our Radioactive Ocean

Main Project Information
Presented By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Goal Help scientists reveal ongoing spread of Fukushima radiation
Task Propose locations and support sampling and analyses in Pacific
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

It has now been 5 years since the release of radioactive contaminants from Fukushima and we are now seeing the evidence on the west coast of North America. Help scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveal the ongoing spread of radiation across the Pacific and its evolving impacts on the ocean.

Clarification for fundraising costs: shipping is about 20% of the cost, the other majority is for the cesium extraction steps in the lab, radioactivity detection and data processing, along with managing the web site and database.

There are 3 ways to support us:

1) Help us reach our goal by donating to sample an existing site. Simply click on "HELP FUND A LOCATION" and choose to support one of the many sites that are underway

2) Someone can propose a new sampling site. Click on "PROPOSE A LOCATION" and see what is involved. We are trying to get spread of locations up/down coast. With a donation or fundraising of $100 we'll set up a fundraising webpage, add that page to our website, and send you a sampling kit once your goal has been reached. Fundraising amounts are generally between $550 (WA, OR, CA) and $600 (BC, AK, HI). Differences reflect increased shipping charges to some areas.

3) We also seek funds for general capacity building and public education activities at CMER: ($20 minimum donation)

How to Join

* Help fund a location & learn about ocean radioactivity
* Propose a new sampling location
* View current results
* Support ongoing analyses

Project Timing Our project is ongoing! We are continuing to monitor now in the 5th year since the Fukushima accident.
Social Media
Special Skills Enthusiasm!
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags buesseler, cesium, cmer, fukushima, ocean, radioactive, radioactivity, sampling kit, whoi, woods hole
Project Updated 04/21/2017