Geislavirkni í føroyskum sjógvi

Translated title of the contribution: Radioactivity in Faroese Seawater

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Results of radioactivity measurements in the sea surrounding the Faroe Islands are reported. A total of 14 samples were collected in August 1990 at various depths on 4 stations north and west of the Faroes. Activities of Cs-137 were determined for all of these and of Sr-90 for half of the samples in collaboration with the Danish Risoø laboratory. Levels are small throughout the Faroesese ocean areas being mostly deriving from fallout in the upper layers. In the Arctic Intermediate Water component found at intermediate depths north of the Faroes an input from Sellafield and possibly also Chernobyl increases Cs-137 levels by a factor of 2 compared to the Atlantic waters. Some of this increased activity follows the upper layers of Deep Norwegian Sea Water in the Overflow out through the Faroe Bank Channel.
Translated title of the contributionRadioactivity in Faroese Seawater
Original languageFaroese
Title of host publicationFiskirannsóknir
EditorsIngvard Fjallstein, Bogi Hansen , Jákup Reinert
Place of PublicationTórshavn
PublisherFaroe Marine Research Institute
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Publication series



  • Geislavirkni
  • Radioactivity
  • Sjógvur
  • Cesium
  • Chernobyl
  • Sellafield


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