Observations of radioactive tracers in Faroese waters

Henning Dahlgaard, Bogi Hansen, Hans Pauli Joensen

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In August 1990 levels of Cs-137 and Sr-90 were measured in different water masses surrounding the Faroe Islands together with hydrographic parameters. In the upper layer which are of Atlantic origin the influence of the Sellafield discharge and the Chernobyl release were found to be minor; but in the colder and less saline waters north of the islands higher levels of Cs-137 and Sr-90 were found. The highest levels were those of the Arctic Intermediate Water deriving from the Greenland Sea. This water is one of the components of the Overflow of cold water from the Seas north of the Greenland Scotland Ridge into the world ocean.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Publication series

NameICES Paper CM
No.C 26


  • Faroe Islands
  • Water masses
  • Sellafield
  • Chernobyl
  • Arctic Intermediate Water
  • Overflow
  • Greenland Scotland Ridge
  • Radioactivity
  • Cs-137
  • Sr-90
  • Temperature
  • Salinity


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