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Title: AERIAL MEASURING SYSTEM IN JAPAN

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Agency’s Aerial Measuring System deployed personnel and equipment to partner with the U.S. Air Force in Japan to conduct multiple aerial radiological surveys. These were the first and most comprehensive sources of actionable information for U.S. interests in Japan and provided early confirmation to the government of Japan as to the extent of the release from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Generation Station. Many challenges were overcome quickly during the first 48 hours; including installation and operation of Aerial Measuring System equipment on multiple U.S. Air Force Japan aircraft, flying over difficult terrain, and flying with talented pilots who were unfamiliar with the Aerial Measuring System flight patterns. These all combined to make for a dynamic and non-textbook situation. In addition, the data challenges of the multiple and on-going releases, and integration with the Japanese government to provide valid aerial radiological survey products that both military and civilian customers could use to make informed decisions, was extremely complicated. The Aerial Measuring System Fukushima response provided insight in addressing these challenges and gave way to an opportunity for the expansion of the Aerial Measuring System’s mission beyond the borders of the US.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Nevada Test Site/National Security Technologies, LLC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Emergency Operations (NA-40)
OSTI Identifier:
1057089
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-1399
Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Health Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 102; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078
Publisher:
Health Physics Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; environmental monitoring; surveys; emergencies, radiological

Citation Formats

Lyons, Craig, and Colton, David. AERIAL MEASURING SYSTEM IN JAPAN. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e31824d0056.
Lyons, Craig, & Colton, David. AERIAL MEASURING SYSTEM IN JAPAN. United States. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e31824d0056.
Lyons, Craig, and Colton, David. Sun . "AERIAL MEASURING SYSTEM IN JAPAN". United States. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e31824d0056.
@article{osti_1057089,
title = {AERIAL MEASURING SYSTEM IN JAPAN},
author = {Lyons, Craig and Colton, David},
abstractNote = {The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Agency’s Aerial Measuring System deployed personnel and equipment to partner with the U.S. Air Force in Japan to conduct multiple aerial radiological surveys. These were the first and most comprehensive sources of actionable information for U.S. interests in Japan and provided early confirmation to the government of Japan as to the extent of the release from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Generation Station. Many challenges were overcome quickly during the first 48 hours; including installation and operation of Aerial Measuring System equipment on multiple U.S. Air Force Japan aircraft, flying over difficult terrain, and flying with talented pilots who were unfamiliar with the Aerial Measuring System flight patterns. These all combined to make for a dynamic and non-textbook situation. In addition, the data challenges of the multiple and on-going releases, and integration with the Japanese government to provide valid aerial radiological survey products that both military and civilian customers could use to make informed decisions, was extremely complicated. The Aerial Measuring System Fukushima response provided insight in addressing these challenges and gave way to an opportunity for the expansion of the Aerial Measuring System’s mission beyond the borders of the US.},
doi = {10.1097/HP.0b013e31824d0056},
journal = {Health Physics},
issn = {0017-9078},
number = 5,
volume = 102,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {1}
}