Dr James Cooper

University of Liverpool

James Cooper is Director of Studies for Environmental Science at the University of Liverpool, and a member of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD and has held posts at the universities of Sheffield (Research Associate), Hull (Research Fellow) and Bradford (Lecturer). He has spent 14 years pursuing research into the monitoring and modelling of water and sediment transport processes on hillslopes and within river channels, including the understanding of contaminant movement. In collaboration with physics and engineering at Liverpool, he was awarded a grant from the Natural Environment Research Council to study new techniques for tracking the movement of environmental radioactivity in terrestrial environments. Recent work in Fukushima with the University of Tsukuba has focused on the effect of typhoons on the movement of radiocaesium.

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Transport of radioactive soil: some perspectives from Fukushima

The devastating tsunami of 2011 inundated the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. It released the largest quantity of radioactive material since Chernobyl; 20% deposited over Japanese catchments subject to frequent typhoons. Radiocesium is the most serious health risk for the local population, quickly binding itself to fine soil particles. This talk outlines scientific efforts to understand the transport of radioactive soils due to typhoons, and remediation approaches adopted by the Japanese government.