Title: The European map of the geogenic radon potential
Citation: JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION vol. 33 no. 1 p. 51-60
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC69479
ISSN: 0952-4746
URI: http://iopscience.iop.org/0952-4746/33/1/51
DOI: 10.1088/0952-4746/33/1/51
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: As part of its projected European Atlas of Natural Radiation (EANR), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, in cooperation with research institutions and radioprotection authorities all over Europe, is currently developing a map of the geogenic radon potential. In an accompanying report state of knowledge, mapping approaches and problems are discussed. We explain the rationale and the legal situation in Europe and present an overview on main problems, stemming from heterogeneity of input datasets between participating countries and from definition of input variables and their differently implemented sampling procedures, or protocols. Further topics are definition of the target variable which quantifies the geogenic radon potential and its estimation from heterogeneous input and proxy variables, as well as problems specific to mapping, such as choice of mapping support and resolution. The geogenic map was preceded by a European map of indoor Rn concentrations, which is still growing as ever more countries decide to participate, and which served as a training for harmonization problems occurring in the European data realm. We shall also shortly discuss its main results and implications for the geogenic map.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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