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The European map of indoor radon concentrations: status and questions of quality assurance

Die Europäische Innenraum-Radonkarte: Status und Fragen der Qualitätssicherung
P. Bossew, V. Gruber, T. Tollefsen and M. De Cort
From the journal Kerntechnik

Abstract

As a first part of the long-term project “European Atlas of Natural Radiation”, a European map of indoor radon concentrations is currently under development. By mid-2011, 21 countries participate in the project, yielding a more or less complete coverage of the European territory. In this article we shortly present the current status before concentrating on questions of quality assurance. Such questions inevitably emerge in a project which attempts to integrate and harmonize large amounts of data of methodically different origin; aggregating them into a common map raises by itself questions of statistical significance.

Kurzfassung

Die Europäische Karte der Innenraum-Radonkonzentration entsteht derzeit als erster Teil des Europäischen Atlas der Natürlichen Strahlung. Mitte 2011 beteiligten sich 21 europäische Länder an dem Projekt und weite Teile Europas sind bereits durch die Karte abgedeckt. In diesem Artikel präsentieren wir kurz den Status der Karte, der Schwerpunkt liegt aber auf Fragen der Qualitätssicherung: ein unvermeidlicher Aspekt in einem Projekt, das Datensätze verschiedenen methodischen Ursprungs integriert und harmonisiert, um sie in einer gemeinsamen Karte darstellen zu können. Der Prozess der Datenaggregation stellt dabei für sich schon Fragen statistischer Tragweite.

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Received: 2012-1-3
Published Online: 2013-05-13
Published in Print: 2012-06-01

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