[MAG33-P08] The impact of wildfires on radioesium concentration in the particulate matters in small forest area, Satoyama in Namie town, Fukusihama
Keywords:radiocesium, biomarker, levoglucosan, Satoyama, resuspension
Sampling was performedt by using high volume air samplers at Namie High School, which is located about 30 km northwest of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and analyzed for measuring biomarkers and radiocesium in the particulate matter. In 2016, forest fires occurred in Date City (30 km northwest of the sampling point) on March 30, and in Minami Soma city (about 20 km northeast from the sampling point) on April 3. When air mass arrived from Date City and Minami Soma City during the period from 8th to 12th April, the concentration of radiocesiumm and two biomarkers such as levoglucosan and n-alkane increased together. On the other hand, both radioactive cesium and n-alkane concentrations increased, but levoglucosan concentrations did not increase in some cases (April 28, 2016). The molecular weight distribution at the time of high concentration of n-alkane indicated that there are two patterns, namely physical wear of plant wax (only odd carbons; n = 27, 29, 31 increase) and mixing of physical wear of plant wax and fossil fuel burning (Increase of odd carbons; n = 27, 29, 31 along with even carbons).
In this presentation, we also discuss the forest fire occurred in 2017.