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1 December 2006 Pools and Fluxes of Organic Matter in a Boreal Landscape: Implications for a Safety Assessment of a Repository for Nuclear Waste
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To provide information necessary for a license application for a deep repository for spent nuclear fuel, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co is carrying out site investigations, including extensive studies of different parts of the surface ecosystems, at two sites in Sweden. Here we use the output from detailed modeling of the carbon dynamics in the terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems to describe and compare major pools and fluxes of organic matter in the Simpevarp area, situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. In this study, organic carbon is used as a proxy for radionuclides incorporated into organic matter. The results show that the largest incorporation of carbon into living tissue occurs in terrestrial catchments. Carbon is accumulated in soil or sediments in all ecosystems, but the carbon pool reaches the highest values in shallow near-land marine basins. The marine basins, especially the outer basins, are dominated by large horizontal water fluxes that transport carbon and any associated contaminants into the Baltic Sea. The results suggest that the near-land shallow marine basins have to be regarded as focal points for accumulation of radionuclides in the Simpevarp area, as they receive a comparatively large amount of carbon as discharge from terrestrial catchments, having a high NPP and a high detrital accumulation in sediments. These focal points may constitute a potential risk for exposure to humans in a future landscape as, due to post-glacial land uplift, previous accumulation bottoms are likely to be used for future agricultural purposes.
Linda Kumblad, Björn Söderbäck, Anders Löfgren, Tobias Lindborg, Erik Wijnbladh and Ulrik Kautsky "Pools and Fluxes of Organic Matter in a Boreal Landscape: Implications for a Safety Assessment of a Repository for Nuclear Waste," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 35(8), (1 December 2006). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447(2006)35[496:PAFOOM]2.0.CO;2
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