Kenneth Buesseler

Titels Dr.
Initials K.O.
Main position Senior Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Chair Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Foreign Member
Since 2013
Foreign Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Personal website


Kenneth Buesseler studies methods of detecting radioactivity in oceans. Based on these measurements, he investigates how plankton particles can facilitate CO2 absorption in the ocean. He conducted tests in the 1980s after the Chernobyl disaster and was able to measure how quickly thorium particles sank to the bottom of the ocean. His research gained world headlines last year when he found high levels of radioactive contamination in fish caught off the east coast of Japan some 18 months after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.