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Pilot study of the application of Tellus airborne radiometric and soil geochemical data for radon mapping

Appleton, James; Miles, J.C.H.; Green, B.M.R.; Larmour, R.. 2008 Pilot study of the application of Tellus airborne radiometric and soil geochemical data for radon mapping. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 99 (10). 1687-1697. 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2008.03.011

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Abstract/Summary

The scope for using Tellus Project airborne gamma-ray spectrometer and soil geochemical data to predict the probability of houses in Northern Ireland having high indoor radon concentrations is evaluated, in a pilot study in the southeast of the province, by comparing these data statistically with in-house radon measurements. There is generally good agreement between radon maps modelled from the airborne radiometric and soil geochemical data using multivariate linear regression analysis and conventional radon maps which depend solely on geological and indoor radon data. The radon maps based on the Tellus Project data identify some additional areas where the radon risk appears to be relatively high compared with the conventional radon maps. One of the ways of validating radon maps modelled on the Tellus Project data will be to carry out additional indoor measurements in these areas.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2008.03.011
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Environmental Geoscience Baselines
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Keywords: Radon, Soil geochemistry, Airborne surveys
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 07 Jan 2009 14:13
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5443

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