Publikationen

Vertical distribution of U-236 in the North Pacific Ocean

Autor(en)
R. Eigl, P. Steier, K. Sakata, A. Sakaguchi
Abstrakt

The first extensive study on U-236 in the North Pacific Ocean has been conducted. The vertical distribution of U-236/U-238 isotopic ratios and the U-236 concentrations were analysed on seven depth profiles, and large variations with depth were found. The range of U-236/U-238 isotopic ratios was from (0.09 +/- 0.03) x 10(-10) to (14.1 +/- 2.2) x 10(-10), which corresponds to U-236 concentrations of (0.69 +/- 0.24) x 10(5) atoms/kg and (119 +/- 21) x 10(5) atoms/kg, respectively. The variations in U-236 concentrations could mainly be attributed to the different water masses in the North Pacific Ocean and their formation processes. Uranium -236 inventories on the water column of each sampling station were calculated and varied between (3.89 +/- 0.08) x 1012 atoms/m2 and (7.03 +/- 0.50) x 10(12) atoms/m(2), which is lower than in former studies on comparable latitudes in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Japan. The low inventories of U-236 found for the North Pacific Ocean in this study can be explained by the lack of additional input sources of artificial radionuclides, apart from global and regional/local fallout. This study expands the use of U-236 as oceanographic circulation tracer to yet another ocean basin and shows that this isotope can be used for tracing circulation patterns of water masses in the Pacific Ocean.

Organisation(en)
Isotopenphysik
Externe Organisation(en)
Hiroshima University, University of Tsukuba
Journal
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Band
169-170
Seiten
70-78
Anzahl der Seiten
9
ISSN
0265-931X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2016.12.010
Publikationsdatum
04-2017
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
103037 Umweltphysik, 103014 Kernphysik
Schlagwörter
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/vertical-distribution-of-u236-in-the-north-pacific-ocean(4de493de-4287-4440-b770-04d5a1751f61).html