Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK

Robin G M Crockett, Gavin K Gillmore, Paul S Phillips, Anthony R Denman, Chris J Groves-Kirkby

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2006

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Crockett, R. G. M., Gillmore, G. K., Phillips, P. S., Denman, A. R., & Groves-Kirkby, C. J. (2006). Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK. Geophysical Research Letters, 33(5), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005GL024950
Crockett, Robin G M ; Gillmore, Gavin K ; Phillips, Paul S ; Denman, Anthony R ; Groves-Kirkby, Chris J. / Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 2006 ; Vol. 33, No. 5. pp. 1-4.
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Crockett, RGM, Gillmore, GK, Phillips, PS, Denman, AR & Groves-Kirkby, CJ 2006, 'Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1029/2005GL024950

Tidal synchronicity of built-environment radon levels in the UK. / Crockett, Robin G M; Gillmore, Gavin K; Phillips, Paul S; Denman, Anthony R; Groves-Kirkby, Chris J.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, No. 5, 10.03.2006, p. 1-4.

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