Amchitka Final Report

Biological and Geophysical Aspects of Potential Radionuclide Exposure in the Amchitka Marine Environment

August 1, 2005

Table of Contents

Glossary and List of Abbreviations

Executive Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Background on Amchitka
  3. Conceptualizing the Amchitka Field Work
  4. Mounting an Expedition
  5. Geophysical Investigations I: Oceanographic Investigations of Bathymetry, Ocean Floor Discharge of Freshwater through the Ocean Floor and Sediment Distribution
  6. Geophysical Investigations II: Magnetotelluric measurements for determining the subsurface salinity and porosity structure of Amchitka Island, Alaska
  7. Groundwater Modelling in the Vicinity of the Long Shot Test Shot
  8. Characterization of the Biological Expedition and Sample Preparation Phase
  9. Selecting Species and Radionuclides for Assessment
  10. Biological Collections from the Marine Ecosystem
  11. Radionuclides in Marine Biota
  12. Implications for Groundwater Models, Risk Evaluations, Future Biomonitoring and Long Term Stewardship of Amchitka Island


Appendices 1-11


C.W. Powers, J. Burger, D. Kosson, M. Gochfeld, D. Barnes


Charles. W. Powers, Ph.D., UMDNJ
Joanna Burger, Ph.D., Rutgers University
David Kosson, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Michael Gochfeld, M.D., Ph.D., UMDNJ
David Barnes, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks
Lisa Bliss, MLS, Institute for Responsible Management
Barry Friedlander, M.D., UMDNJ
Stephen Jewett, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks
Mark Johnson, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks
Michael Stabin, Ph.D., CHP, Vanderbilt University
Martyn Unsworth,Ph.D., University of Alberta
Conrad Volz, DrPH, MPH, University of Pittsburgh
Vikram Vyas, Ph.D., UMDNJ
James Weston, University of Mississippi
Interagency Advisory Group
Aleutian Pribilof Island Association
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Department of Energy – NNSA

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