Portable Gamma Spectrometry Surveys of Sites in Portugal in Support of the VADOSE Project

Cresswell, A. , Sanderson, D. and Burbidge, C. (2012) Portable Gamma Spectrometry Surveys of Sites in Portugal in Support of the VADOSE Project. Technical Report. Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride, UK.

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The VADOSE project involves the use of multiple techniques to evaluate dose rate variability on different spatial scales. Several sites in central northern Portugal, mostly in the vicinity of Aveiro, have been investigated. As part of this investigation, portable gamma spectrometry techniques were used to map areas of approximately 100x100m around each sampling location. The SUERC portable gamma spectrometry system used consists of a 3x3” NaI(Tl) spectrometer with integral GPS receiver. Measurements were conducted with 10s integration time. Maps of the dose rate variability in each area were generated in the field, and used to confirm data quality and coverage and identify any remaining locations that would benefit from further measurements prior to leaving the site. Maps of natural radionuclide distribution (40K, 214Bi from the 238U decay series, and 208Tl from the 232Th decay series) were produced after the conclusion of measurements each day. Natural radionuclide specific activities (Bq kg-1 ) were estimated using a spectral windows method with stripping1 , using a working calibration assuming planar geometry and uniform activity distribution. As agreed prior to the start of work, a working calibration derived from field measurements and photon fluence calculations conducted for similar detectors in the 1990s2 has been used here, with calibration parameters given in the appendix. This report presents the dose rate maps produced during the field work, with a very brief description of the data. Summary statistics for each data set are presented in Table 1. All data have been mapped using a UTM (zone 29T) grid, with the approximate location of ground features added by hand as a guide. Further work could be conducted to produce more accurate overlays of ground features. At each site in-situ gamma spectrometry measurements were also conducted by ITN, and the data collected by the two detector systems and the soil samples will be compared at a later date.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sanderson, Professor David and Burbidge, Dr Chris and Cresswell, Dr Alan
Authors: Cresswell, A., Sanderson, D., and Burbidge, C.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Publisher:Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

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