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Uncertainties in radon related to house-specific factors and proximity to geological boundaries in England

Hunter, Nezahat; Muirhead, Colin R.; Miles, Jon C.H.; Appleton, J. Donald. 2009 Uncertainties in radon related to house-specific factors and proximity to geological boundaries in England. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 136 (1). 17-22. 10.1093/rpd/ncp148

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Abstract/Summary

Data collected as a part of a survey on radon concentrations from about 40 000 dwellings in England for six contrasting geological units were analysed to evaluate the impact of house-specific factors (building characteristics and construction dates) and of proximity to geological boundaries. After adjusting for temperature and outdoor radon, geological unit, house type, double glazing and date of building were found to have a statistically significant influence on indoor radon concentrations and explained about 29 % of the total variation between dwellings in logarithmically transformed radon values. In addition, there were statistically significant differences in radon concentrations according to proximity to geological boundaries categories for most of the geological units, but no consistent pattern could be detected.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1093/rpd/ncp148
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > Environmental Geoscience Baselines
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Radiation Protection Dosimetry following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://rpd.oxfordjournals.org/content/136/1
Date made live: 29 Jan 2010 08:43
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9180

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