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Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK

Crockett, R. G. M., Gillmore, G. K., Phillips, P. S., Denman, A. R. and Groves-Kirkby, C. J. (2006) Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK. Geophysical Research Letters. 33(5) 0094-8276.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: In our recent work on radon in UK homes the authors have observed tidal-periodic variations in built-environment radon levels and here report results from our ongoing investigations. These tidal variations have been quantified using a variety of analytical techniques, including a novel correlation technique developed as part of this investigation. The observed variations are cyclic at the 14-15 day tidal period and lag new/full moons by varying periods of days, the magnitude of the variation and lag being dependent on factors such as location, underlying geology and rock/soil hydration. As well as quantification and discussion of tidal effects on radon levels, the potential effects of such phenomena on the reliability of short-term radon measurements are discussed.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD885.5 Radon pollution
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography > GC300 Tides
Creators: Crockett, Robin G M, Gillmore, Gavin K, Phillips, Paul S, Denman, Anthony R and Groves-Kirkby, Chris J
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Science and Technology (2010-2016)
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Date: 10 March 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 33
Number: 5
Language: English
ISSN: 0094-8276
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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