Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Ocean Sci., 13, 453–463, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-453-2017
Ocean Sci., 13, 453–463, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-453-2017

Research article 14 Jun 2017

Research article | 14 Jun 2017

Lagrangian simulation and tracking of the mesoscale eddies contaminated by Fukushima-derived radionuclides

Sergey V. Prants et al.

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AR by Sergey Prants on behalf of the Authors (23 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (24 Apr 2017) by Matthew Hecht
AR by Sergey Prants on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (12 May 2017) by Matthew Hecht
AR by Sergey Prants on behalf of the Authors (15 May 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
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A Lagrangian method is developed to track, document and analyze the origin and history of water masses in ocean features. Simulating synthetic tracers in the altimetry-derived velocity field, we identify and track the mesoscale eddies which have been sampled in the cruises after the Fukushima accident and estimate their risk of being contaminated by radionuclides. The simulated results are shown to be in a good qualitative correspondence with in situ measurements.