Wild monkeys to measure radiation in Fukushima forest

8 years ago by in Travel

A new method of measuring the impact of radiation in the area around Fukushima nuclear plant will be used by Japanese scientists.

In order to check on the radiation levels in a local forest, an experimental collar containing a measuring device will be fitted to wild monkeys which will be afterwards released back into the wild.

The device will include GPS tracking technology which can provide data on the exact position of the monkeys, including the height where they are located. The equipment will be fitted on as many as three monkeys from the Minami Soma City forest, as early as February.

"We would like to know how much impact (the radiation has) on the natural world, such as forest, river, underground water and ocean," said one of the scientists involved in the project, a professor of robotic technology at Fukushima University. "We will draw the map to show the movement of radioactivity."

In earlier attempts scientists could measure radiation in the air, but the new project will give them a better idea of conditions at the ground level.