Continuous electromagnetic radiation monitoring in the environment: Analysis of the results in Greece

Athanasios Manassas, Achilles Boursianis, Theodoros Samaras, John N. Sahalos

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Abstract

Non-ionising radiation-monitoring networks were initiated as a result of the public concerns about the potential health effects from telecommunication emissions. In the present study, the data acquired from such networks in Greece are used to assess the changes in the outdoor electromagnetic environment with respect to location and time. The study shows that there is a statistically significant difference between the urban (median electric field: 1.1 V m. -1) and the rural (median electric field: 0.3 V m. -1) installations of monitoring units and also shows that there is a median diurnal variation (daily maximum to minimum) of 20.2 and 33.8 % for the broadcasting and mobile telecommunication emissions, respectively. Moreover, there is a difference in the electric field between daytime and night, but not between morning and afternoon. The results are in line with previously published data from spot measurements, monitoring networks and personal exposimeter studies performed in several European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberncs028
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Volume151
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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