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The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

An Analysis from the Metre to the Nanometre Scale


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Peter George Martin
    Pages 23-61
  3. Peter George Martin
    Pages 63-90
  4. Peter George Martin
    Pages 91-98
  5. Peter George Martin
    Pages 99-125
  6. Peter George Martin
    Pages 161-183
  7. Peter George Martin
    Pages 185-205
  8. Peter George Martin
    Pages 251-295
  9. Peter George Martin
    Pages 297-307
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 309-326

About this book


This PhD sought to determine the mechanisms for the reactor explosions by mapping, collecting and analysing samples from across the area of Japan that received radioactive fallout from the explosions. In doing this, the author conducted significant fieldwork in the restricted-access fallout zone using ground and novel UAV-based mapping of radiation to identify hot-spot areas for sample collecting but also using these tools to verify the efficacy of the clean-up operations ongoing in the prefecture. Such fieldwork was both technically pioneering for its use of UAVs (drones) but also selfless in terms of bravely entering a nuclear danger area to collect samples for the greater benefit of the scientific community.


Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Nuclear Forensics Nuclear Reactor Accident Serious Accident Reactor Chemistry INES Level 7 Nuclear Reactor Core Explosion Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Radiation Mapping Enviromental Radioactivity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Interface Analysis Centre, School of PhysicsUniversity of BristolBristolUK

About the authors

Peter first completed his BSc (Hons) in Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, before undertaking his philanthropically-funded PhD within the Interface Analysis Centre, also at Bristol. He is currently a Research Associate in the School of Physics and an academic within the South West Nuclear Hub. His current research investigates the origins and environmental behaviour of microscopic particles of radioactive material within the environment.  Peter has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented his work at leading scientific conferences around the world. 

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