The long-lasting effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident on marine ecosystems are deeply concerning. Based on your research, what recommendations or strategies could be considered to minimize the impact of radioactivity on marine life and the environment?
It is worth noting that the risk to marine environments from the radionuclides released by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) is presently under control, as confirmed by ocean scientists using reliable scientific data. The majority of leaked radionuclides that have settled in terrestrial areas near the accident site, have been successfully decontaminated. The remainder released into the ocean was rapidly diluted and returned to background levels about a year after the occurred accident in 2011. It is essential to recognize that the Earth has already received a substantial amount of radionuclides from historical atmospheric nuclear tests and the Chernobyl accident, establishing the background level.
More recently, FNPP has started releasing treated cooling water containing primarily tritium, which has raised concerns in some countries. However, tritium levels are well below regulated limits, and the total release is much lower than those from operational nuclear power plants worldwide, hence, are considered safe.
Why should researchers submit to the Coastal Engineering Journal?
CEJ serves as a peer-reviewed platform for the publication of research findings and engineering practices in coastal, harbor, and offshore engineering. The journal welcomes original papers and comprehensive reviews on various topics, including waves and currents, sediment transport and morphodynamics, structures and facilities, as well as environmental processes and predictive methods. It covers both fundamental studies involving analytical models, numerical computations, and laboratory experiments, as well as field measurements and case studies of real projects.
CEJ stands out among SCI journals in Coastal Engineering due to several unique features:
Publishes a special issue each year, collecting topical studies related to Coastal Engineering, ranging from specific coastal disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to “blue carbon and green infrastructures”.
The editorial board presents annual awards for the best paper and the most cited paper to acknowledge excellent contributions.
Offers submission categories beyond Research Articles, including Technical Reports, Review Articles, and Survey Reports. The Survey Report category is particularly focused on rapid and timely publication based on recent field surveys of specific coastal hazards or phenomena, promoting data sharing for the benefit of subsequent research.
As the longest-standing journal in the field, with a history spanning 65 years, CEJ is ranked among the top SCI journals in Coastal Engineering based on Impact Factor and other metrics from the Journal Citation Report. Researchers can trust CEJ as a reputable platform to showcase their collaborative and innovative work.
What advice would you give to early career researchers who are just starting out in this field?
Coastal Engineering is a multidisciplinary, practical, and socially relevant field that often requires close collaboration with policymakers, public service providers, constructors, consulting engineers, marine scientists, and even computer engineers. To excel in this field, it is crucial to acquire knowledge from various disciplines, including not only Coastal Engineering but also physical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, ocean optics and acoustics, atmospheric and climate sciences, and more. This diversity paves way for numerous career paths, making it essential to have broad interests and strengthen your capabilities.
Early-career researchers should actively engage in communication with peers, as well as contribute to international collaborations and communities. Publishing journal papers should be a key milestone in your career, and you should strive to produce collaborative and innovative work that can make a valuable contribution to the field. I look forward to seeing your research published in CEJ and wish you success in your journey as a coastal engineer or scientist.