Marine ecosystems are impacted by multiple stressors (temperature, ocean acidification, hypoxia/eutrophication, etc.) which can affect ecosystem function, structure and dynamics in complex ways. An emerging question is: do changing patterns of radioactivity constitute an additional stressor to the ecosystem in the North Pacific? This question can be addressed by conceptual frameworks and low-order, process-based models that simulate the cycling of radionuclides through North Pacific environmental compartments. These results can be used by health physicists to predict radiological doses and by ecosystem scientists to explore hypotheses linking ecosystem dynamics to variability in the natural and anthropogenic radiation environments.
Session and Workshop Summaries
W5, Monitoring and assessment of environmental radioactivity in the North Pacific
MEQ Paper Session