A correlation between the indoor radon concentration and dose rate in air from terrestrial gamma radiation is studied using the results of nationwide indoor radon and external exposure surveys, although the surveys were not conducted at the same time nor at the same location.
The radon concentration shows a log-normal-like distribution, whereas the terrestrial gamma radiation dose rate in air shows a normal-like distribution.
A log-linear scatterplot for each pair of the indoor radon concentration and gamma-ray dose rate in air in each city reveals a clear relationship.
The average, maximum, and minimum as well as regression line of radon concentration were found to increase with the gamma-ray dose rate in air.
The group in higher quantile of radon concentration shows larger dependence on the gamma-ray dose rate.
The rate of increase of radon concentration with the gamma-ray dose rate in air depends on the house structure.
The wooden house has a larger rate of increase than the concrete house, and the regression lines cross at high air dose rate.
Based on the finding in the present study a certain criterion level of air dose rate could be established and used for an effective survey to find out which houses might require a remedial action in conjunction with other screening tools.
The criterion level of air dose rate might be more effective if the level is set for each house structure since the rate of increase of radon concentration depends on house structure.
Mots-clés Pascal : Japon, Asie, Rayonnement terrestre, Analyse quantitative, Dosimétrie, Pollution intérieur, Rayonnement gamma, Corrélation, Pollution air, Radon
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Japan, Asia, Terrestrial radiation, Quantitative analysis, Dosimetry, Indoor pollution, Gamma radiation, Correlation, Air pollution, Radon
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0469585
Code Inist : 001D16C04D. Création : 19/02/1999.