Title: Beryllium-7 surface concentration extremes in Europe
Publisher: University of Niš and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC103608
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC103608
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Seasonal and spatial patterns of extremely high beryllium-7 surface concentration recorded over the 2001–2010 period across Europe are investigated. The beryllium-7 measurements for 14 sites are taken from the Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring Database. An investigation of the annual cycles of the beryllium-7 surface concentration shows that their maximum and minimum values occur later in the year as the latitude of the measurement site decreases. Extremely high beryllium-7 surface concentrations are defined here as values greater than the 95th percentile in each measurement site. Most of the extremes occur over the March–August period. At least 10 % of the total number of extremes appear during autumn and winter, with an exception of Vienna, where all the extremes took place during spring and summer. The regional spread of extremes common for pairs of measurement sites points to an existence of three distinct regions in Europe: north of 55 °N, between 45 °N and 55 °N, and south of 45 °N. Although the beryllium-7 concentration records are significantly correlated across all the investigated sites, the strongest correlations are found within the identified regions
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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