A map of radon in primary schools of Southern Serbia.

Bossew, Peter and Zunic, Zora S. and Carpentieri, Carmela and Antignani, Sara and Stojanovska, Zdenka and Tollefsen, Tore and Cuknic, Olivera and Bochicchio, Francesco (2012) A map of radon in primary schools of Southern Serbia. In: 9th Conference of the Society of Physicist of Macedonia, 20-23 Sept 2012, Ohrid, Macedonia.

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Abstract

Between 2008 and 2011 a survey of radon was performed in primary schools of several districts in Southern Serbia. The survey design and some of the results have been published previously (Zunic et al., 2010; Carpentieri et al., 2011). This article deals with the geographical distribution of the measured radon concentrations. Applying geostatistical methods we generate “school radon maps” of expected mean concentrations and estimated probabilities that a concentration threshold is exceeded. The resulting maps show a clearly structured spatial pattern which appears related to the geological background. In particular in areas with vulcanite and granitoid rocks, elevated Rn concentrations can be expected. The “school map” can therefore be considered as proxy to a map of the geogenic radon potential, and allows identification of radon-prone zones, e.g., areas in which higher Rn concentrations can be expected for natural reasons. It must be stressed that the “radon hazard”, or potential risk, estimated in this way, has to be distinguished from the actual radon risk, which is a function of exposure. This in turn may require (depending on the target variable which is supposed to measure risk) the number of persons affected, occupancy factors of buildings and anthropogenic factors, and a more general approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Natural sciences > Physical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Zdenka Stojanovska
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 14:16
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/5184

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