Involving schoolchildren in radon surveys by means of the “RadonTest” online system

A. Tsapalov, K. Kovler, M. Shpak, E. Shafir, Y. Golumbic, A. Peri, D. Ben-Zvi, A. Baram-Tsabari, T. Maslov, O. Schrire

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Abstract

A ‘citizen science’ approach was evaluated as an approach to organize an extensive radon survey to be representative of the population of either single regions or a whole country. The “RadonTest” online system allowed schoolchildren to undertake and record short-term radon tests in their homes. Measurements were carried out in Israel using charcoal in miniature flacons and simple detectors with high sensitivity. Among other things, the “RadonTest” online system implements an alternative principle of building a radon map, allowing the display of radon tests more clearly than the traditional approach, while ensuring the confidentiality of test participants. Examples of public radon maps are presented, and the first test results are discussed. A scientifically based approach for the effective identification of buildings with a high radon concentration, based on the principle of radon regulation, is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106215
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Volume217
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The main part of the study was funded through the H2020-MSCA-IF -2017 grant No. 792789 of the European Commission (proposal acronym: RadonACCURACY) and by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation ( 2678/17 ). The authors are thankful to the attendees of the Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, NORM IX, Denver, CO, USA, for the discussion of the poster presented.

Funding Information:
The main part of the study was funded through the H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 grant No. 792789 of the European Commission (proposal acronym: RadonACCURACY) and by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and the Israel Science Foundation (2678/17). The authors are thankful to the attendees of the Ninth International Symposium on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, NORM IX, Denver, CO, USA, for the discussion of the poster presented.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Charcoal method
  • Indoor radon
  • Online map
  • Schoolchildren
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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