Title: A climatology of 7Be in surface air in European Union
Authors: HERNANDEZ CEBALLOS MIGUEL ANGELCINELLI GIORGIAMARIN FERRER MontserratTOLLEFSEN ToreDI FELICE LUCANWEKE EJETOGNOLI VALERIOVANZO StefanoDE CORT Marc
Citation: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY vol. 141 p. 62-70
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC91682
ISSN: 0265-931X
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC91682
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.12.003
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This study presents the first European-wide analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of the cosmogenic isotope 7Be in surface air. The long term database of the 34 sampling sites that regularly provide data to the Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring (REM) network, managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, was used. While temporal coverage varies between stations, some of them have delivered data more or less continuously from 1984 to 2011. The station locations were considerably heterogeneous, both in terms of latitude and altitude, a range which should ensure a high degree of representativeness of the results. The mean values of 7Be activity concentration presented a spatial distribution value ranging from 2.0 to 5.4 mBq/m3 over the European Union. The results of the ANOVA analysis of all 7Be data available indicated that its temporal and spatial distributions were mainly explained by the location and characteristic of the sampling sites rather than its temporal distribution (yearly, seasonal and monthly). Higher 7Be concentrations were registered at the middle, compared to high-latitude, regions. However, there was no correlation with altitude, since all stations are sited within the atmospheric boundary layer. In addition, the total and yearly analyses of the data indicated a dynamic range of 7Be activity for each solar cycle and phase (maximum or minimum), different impact on stations having been observed according to their location. Finally, the results indicated a significant seasonal and monthly variation for 7Be activity concentration across the European Union, with maximum concentrations occurring in the summer and minimum in the winter, although with differences in the values reached. The knowledge of the horizontal and vertical distribution of this natural radionuclide in the atmosphere is a key parameter for modelling studies of atmospheric processes, which are important phenomena to be taken into account in the case of a nuclear accident.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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