With major earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred, and radioactive materials from reactor facilities were scattered and deposited in a wide area of eastern Japan. Eight years have passed since the nuclear accident, but there still remain academic issues about the transition process of radioactive materials to the forests, rivers, lakes, oceans, crops, fish, etc., as represented by concerns about the circulation of radioactive materials and the concentration of freshwater fish in the forests. We also believe that we need to continue to disseminate accurate information on Fukushima’s environmental recovery because many people are still forced to evacuate and reputational damage to agricultural, forestry and livestock products, is growing. Furthermore, it is our duty in the international community to disseminate the knowledge of the nuclear accident internationally.
Aiming to solve various problems of environmental recovery in Fukushima, Environmental Radioactivity Research Network Center (ERNC) is established by cross-agency collaboration of the following 6 institutes: Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics (CRiED) at University of Tsukuba, Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (IER) at Fukushima University, Institute of Radiation and Emergency Medicine (IREM) at Hirosaki University, Sector of Fukushima Research and Development at Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Department of Radioecology and Fukushima Project, Center for Advanced Radiation Emergency Medicine, Quantum Medical Science Directorate at National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), and Fukushima Branch at National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES).
This network research center calls for collaborative research for the purpose of contributing to the solution of various issues such as elucidation of the transition process of radioactive materials, evaluation of its impact and the environmental recovery of Fukushima through the joint use of research facilities and collaborative research, and transmits the results obtained to the domestic and international communities.
Secretariat for Environmental Radioactivity Research Network Center,
Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics (CRiED)
University of Tsukuba
Address: 1-1, Tennodai 1chome, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki. 305-8577
e-mail: ernc at ied.tsukuba.ac.jp (Please replace “at” to “@”.)