Launch date: 
July 2023
July 2023
shift7, Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security

Revisiting Nuclear Test Fallout

Reconstruction and visualization of radionuclide deposition provides data at the highest available resolution for re-evaluation of public health and environmental impacts from atmospheric nuclear testing.

One hundred and one atmospheric nuclear weapon tests were conducted between 1945 and 1962 in the United States, resulting in widespread dispersion of radioactive fallout, and leading to environmental contamination and population exposures.

Combining U.S. government data, high-resolution reanalyzed historical weather fields, and atmospheric transport modeling, the team reconstructed radionuclide deposition across the contiguous United States, with 10-kilometer spatial and one-hour temporal resolution for five days following detonation, from all 94 atmospheric tests detonated in New Mexico and Nevada with fission yields sufficient to generate mushroom clouds.

These findings include deposition in all 48 contiguous U.S. states. They provide an opportunity for re-evaluating the public health and environmental implications from atmospheric nuclear testing.

July 2023
July 2023
The Earth Genome

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