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Fukushima and the Ocean

Thursday, May 9, 2013 • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
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An examination of natural and human sources of radiation in the ocean, what was released from Fukushima, impacts on marine ecosystems and human health, public policy implications, and how information is communicated to the public.


Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Susan Avery, President & Director
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Presentations • 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The Fukushima Disaster: An Overview
Mitsuo Uematsu, University of Tokyo

Radioisotopes in the Ocean
Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Radioisotopes in Marine Life
Jota Kanda, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Seafood Safety and Public Policy
Hiroyuki Matsuda, Yokohama National University

Impacts of Radioactivity on Human Health
James Seward, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Role of the Media in Disasters
Dennis Normile, Science Magazine

Tsunamis and nuclear power in the U.S.
Jian Lin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Panel Discussion • 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Moderated by Heather Goldstone, Host of Living Lab, WCAI