Articles | Volume 15, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 15, 5151–5168, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 5151–5168, 2021

Research article 19 Nov 2021

Research article | 19 Nov 2021

Accumulation of legacy fallout radionuclides in cryoconite on Isfallsglaciären (Arctic Sweden) and their downstream spatial distribution

Caroline C. Clason et al.

Data sets

Geochemical analyses of cryoconite and proglacial sediments collected from Isfallsglaciaren, Arctic Sweden, in 2017 Caroline Clason

Short summary
Our paper presents results of sample collection and subsequent geochemical analyses from the glaciated Isfallsglaciären catchment in Arctic Sweden. The data suggest that material found on the surface of glaciers, cryoconite, is very efficient at accumulating products of nuclear fallout transported in the atmosphere following events such as the Chernobyl disaster. We investigate how this compares with samples in the downstream environment and consider potential environmental implications.