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Analysis of variations in observed ambient dose rates due to rainfall or snowfall at JAEA Ningyo-toge

Tanaka, Hiroshi; Sakoda, Akihiro; Ando, Masaki; Ishimori, Yuu

Hoken Butsuri, 51(2), p.107 - 114, 2016/06

Ambient dose rates are continuously monitored in Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The present study discussed the variations in ambient dose rates, observed from April 2014 to March 2015, due to snowfall as well as rainfall. It is much snowy as one of climatic features in this area. Rain or snow was sampled for a certain period in the day of interest (17 cases in total), and then the concentration of radon progeny was measured. With the measured data, the variation in ambient dose rate was calculated considering the accumulation of the radon progeny on the ground. As a whole, this calculation was found to reasonably reproduce the time trends of observed dose rates, except for four cases. Based on the backward trajectory analysis, it was explained that the discrepancy in two cases out of the four was induced by changes of radon progeny concentration in precipitation around sampling period. It was suggested that the other two cases were caused by the run-off of rain from the ground surface.

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Development of a method for discriminating the influence of the radon progenies in air from aerial radiation monitoring data

Hirouchi, Jun; Nishizawa, Yukiyasu*; Urabe, Yoshimi*; Shimada, Kazumasa; Sanada, Yukihisa; Munakata, Masahiro

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After the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) accident, a series of aerial radiation monitoring (ARM) was conducted as a national project to map the ground surface distribution of radiocesium. The influence of $$gamma$$-rays from natural nuclides, especially the radon progenies (Pb-214 and Bi-214) should be excluded from the ARM measurement data to accurately estimate deposition of artificial radionuclides. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a method for discriminating the influence of the radon progenies in air from the measurement data. The discrimination method was applied to the ARM data around Sendai NPS and we compared the dose rate at a height of 1 m above the ground measured by NaI survey meter with the ARM data. The coefficient of determination (R2) and normalized mean square error (NMSE) were improved by applying the method, showing that the validity of the method was confirmed.

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