US: The Morgantown school’s Geospatial Research Unit, West Virginia University (WVU), is examining the soils of Pacific Coast states to determine their ability to trap airborne radiation in the event that it drifts from Japan to the US. They also are determining locations of soils that can transfer trapped radioactivity into vegetation.
The work is being done in collaboration with the National Soil Survey Center and WVU’s Division of Plant and Soil Sciences.
Roughly 35 million soil profile maps are part of the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service database. That information can be used for things ranging from land use planning to environmental modelling.