Agricultural Land Management Options after the Chernobyl and Fukushima Accidents: The Articulation of Science, Technology, and Society

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The options adopted for recovery of agricultural land after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents are compared by examining their technical and socio-economic aspects. The analysis highlights commonalities such as the implementation of tillage and other types of countermeasures and differences in approach, such as preferences for topsoil removal in Fukushima and the application of K fertilizers in Chernobyl. This analysis shows that the recovery approach needs to be context-specific to best suit the physical, social, and political environment. The complex nature of the decision problem calls for a formal process for engaging stakeholders and the development of adequate decision support tools.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-666
JournalIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • agricultural countermeasures, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi accident, socio-economic impact, radiocaesium

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