The implementation of the joint Ukrainian-Japanese scientific and technical program SATREPS continues in the Exclusion Zone

At the end of August, a delegation of Japanese scientists in the field of environmental monitoring from the Institute of Radioecology at the University of Fukushima and a group of students from the University of Tsukuba (Japan) visited the Exclusion Zone.

A meeting was held during which Japanese researchers jointly with the management and experts of SSE “EcoCentre” discussed the state of implementation of the project “Improvement of radiation control of the environment and the legislative basis for environmental rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated territories” within the framework of the joint Ukrainian-Japanese scientific and technical program SATREPS. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the technical level of radiation control and legislative basis in Ukraine for the ecological restoration of contaminated territories, ensure monitoring and modeling of new zoning of the Exclusion Zone.

“Creation of permanent research sites for monitoring of surface runoff will contribute to a detailed study of the processes of radionuclides flushing out of the surface and their redistribution in the soil profile in various landscape-geochemical areas of the Exclusion Zone”, - Serhiy Kireyev, General Director of SSE “EcoCentre”, said.

As part of the joint project on the meadows and forest plantations of the Exclusion Zone, experimental sites for studying surface runoff in various tracks of radioactive fallout with different density of soil contamination and physical and chemical forms of radionuclides have been selected and arranged. One of the key areas of this visit was to evaluate the technical capabilities of using a micro-quadcopter to determine the amount of forest biomass on contaminated sites in the Exclusion Zone.

A group of students from the University of Tsukuba visited the experimental sites of SSE “EcoCentre” and got acquainted with the specifics of field researches in the conditions of radioactive contamination of the territories around the former settlements of Kopachi, Korohod, Benivka and near the rivers Bragynka, Sakhan and Pripyat.

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