Title: Towards a European Atlas of Natural Radiation: Goal, Status and Future Perspectives
Authors: DE CORT MarcGRUBER VALERIATOLLEFSEN ToreBOSSEW PeterJANSSENS Augustin
Citation: RADIOPROTECTION vol. 46 no. 6 p. 737-743
Publisher: EDP SCIENCES S A
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC64913
ISSN: 0033-8451
URI: http://www.radioprotection.org
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64913
DOI: 10.1051/radiopro/20116871s
Type: Contributions to Conferences
Abstract: One of the tasks of the European Commission (EC) under the Euratom Treaty is to collect, validate and provide information about the levels of radioactivity in the environment. In order to offer to the public a more balanced view on the annual dose that it may receive from environmental radioactivity, a few years ago we decided to explore the feasibility of preparing a European Atlas of Natural Radiation. To-date already 21 countries have provided indoor radon data, and efforts continue to extend this information to other European countries. In addition, we started investigating the feasibility of a “geogenic radon map”, which would show “what earth delivers” in terms of potential Rn hazard. In this paper we present the current state of the art of the preparation of the EANR and provide detailed statistics of the results already obtained. The current efforts are still focussed on radon, but also progress on other components, such as cosmic rays and terrestrial gamma radiation, will be presented and discussed.
JRC Institute:Institute for Transuranium Elements

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