Chapter 4 - Tropical Radiochemical Oceanography
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AbstractTropical radiochemical oceanography is the study of transport, behaviour and fate of radionuclides in tropical marine coastal and oceanic systems. Such studies provide a fundamental understanding of the incidence and biogeochemical behaviour of radionuclides in the marine environment to assist the design, conduct, and interpretation of radioecology experiments. This chapter is mostly directed at tropical marine systems; however, information from other climatic regions is also presented. For the most part, reference is only made to water column, that is, radiochemical oceanographic distributions and incident processes. Focus is given to several naturally-occurring and artificial radionuclides of specific interest, as well as information on global and regional databases. Case studies on applications of radionuclides as tracers of marine processes and recent incidents resulting in releases of radionuclides to the marine environment are also presented.

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