Live Radiation monitoring map of USA. This site (see right) gives a minute by minute update of radiation levels (counts per minute) here and in other parts of the world. There is a problem with this service in that you can’t check back for spikes without purchasing software to do so. But it is a quick way to monitor radiation levels.
Radiation Fallout Monitoring Maps: Japan
As part of our efforts to get readings for all of Japan, including many areas that have never had published measurements, we’ve been driving across the country taking readings constantly as we go. This provides some exceptionally detailed mapping of radiation levels along the routes we have traveled, we call this Safecasting.
The time series data provided by Marian Steinbech, “A Crowdsourced Japan Radiation Spreadsheet”, was visualized with custom C/OpenGL software to overlay circles on geographic maps of Japan. Recent versions of the data, going back to March 1, can be downloaded from his blog here: http://www.sendung.de/japan-radiation-open-data/. These moments in time were selected to highlight how the radiation has effected Ibaraki prefecture and Tokyo, and demonstrate that while direct gamma radiation dissipates with the square distance law, particle-based radiation also dissipates with distance due to weather scattering. Although much attention has been placed on Tokyo, a very interesting finding was that Ibaraki prefecture, population 2.9 million, has received a radiation dose equivalent to nuclear worker levels while its distance from Fukushima, 100km, places it outside the current evacuation zone of 30km.
This map visualises crowd-sourced geiger counter readings from across Japan.
Click on the circles to get more information on the readings in each area.
Measurements are represented in units of microsieverts per hour ( µSv / h). Original readings used the unit nGy/h and I take the approximation 1 Gy = 1 Sv. (See the Wikipedia entry on Sieverts)/
Nuclear Reactor Maps
If a nuclear power plant in the US were to have issues, who would be affected? In a partnership between Nature News and Columbia University, we now have a Google map that tells us the population sizes around plants so we can easily scan and see the number of people that could be affected should anything occur at the plants.
The team Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) database run by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Columbia University’s NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center to map out in an easy-to-read way, the location and size of nuclear power plants as well as population numbers around those plants.
On the map, population sizes are illustrated with circle size as well as color. Green circles represent less than 500,000 people and on the other side of the scale, red circles represent populations of over 20 million.
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We are mapping all of the existing, proposed, closed and defeated dirty energy and waste facilities in the United States. We are building a network of community groups to fight the facilities and the corporations “
Map of Canadian reactors and uranium mines
Union of Concerned Scientists interactive map of US nuclear reactors
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has created this international map of nuclear reactors.
Nuclear Power in China
This site has a major amount of information about the Chinese nuclear program as well as a rare map of where China’s nuclear reactors and other facilities are located at.
Fuel Cycle: Uranium Mining Maps
Background: Decades of improper disposal of uranium-mining wastes on the Navajo Nation has resulted in adverse human and ecological health impacts as well as socio-cultural problems. As the Navajo people become increasingly aware of the contamination problems, there is a need to develop a risk-communication strategy to properly inform tribal members of the extent and severity of the health risks. To be most effective, this strategy needs to blend accepted risk communication techniques with Navajo perspectives such that the strategy can be used at the community level to inform culturally- and toxicologically-relevant decisions about land and water use as well as mine-waste remediation.
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing in Chadron last week, intended primarily to take public comment on a proposal for use of a generic Environmental Impact Statement in issuing permits for In-Situ Leach (ISL) mines such as the Crow Butte Resources mine near Crawford, provided a primer on the ISL process for an audience of about 35 people, and a discussion forum for several of those involved in challenges to Crow Butte’s proposed expansion project.
Aerial map of Navajo maps.
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Fuel Cycle: Nuclear Waste
This is a national map of the primary routes where spent nuclear fuel would travel if the Yucca Mountain High Level Waste Respository was opened. The Map is clickable to get closer views of routes.
Nuclear Weapons Maps
Tekknorg: Chernobyl Fallout Maps – Here you will find a series of detailed maps showing dose levels to Byelorussia. There are also several reports as well as an excellent map showing fallout across Europe.
Nucler Fuel Cycle Maps: Various
Certain lands (such as parks, critical wildlife habitats, and wilderness quality lands) and ecologically sensitive areas in the oceans are not appropriate for energy development. In some of these areas, energy development is prohibited or limited by law or policy, in others it would be highly controversial. NRDC does not endorse locating energy facilities or transmission lines in such areas. And in all cases, siting decisions must be made extremely carefully, impacts must be mitigated and operations conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.
For more information on the intersection between clean energy development and wildland and wildlife conservation in the American West, including locations of parks, wildlife refuges and other conservation areas, see this Google Earth-based feature.
Breaking our dependence on fossil fuels isn’t only a solution for halting our climate changing emissions, it’s also about gaining energy independence and being cautious about when we reach peak oil.
The Rocky Mountain Institute has created a new oil map web tool that intricately illustrates this concept. RMI partnered with Google to create a visual representation of how much oil the U.S. has imported, from where, and how much we have spent during every month since 1973.
Al Gore has made a major speech in Washington this morning, setting out an ambitious goal for the USA to produce all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2020. I thought I’d comment on the technical feasibility of the plan, and the underlying economics of such an endeavor.