Indoor radon measurement in Izmir Province, Turkey

Özbay T., Karadeniz Ö.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, vol.96, no.8, pp.752-762, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03067319.2016.1196684
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.752-762
  • Keywords: Indoor radon, Izmir, solid state nuclear track detectors (SSNTD's), radiological mapping, annual effective dose, NATURAL RADIOACTIVITY, DWELLINGS, AREA
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


In 2013, an extensive study was performed in a total of 117 locations in Izmir province and indoor radon levels were measured using the alpha track etch integrated method with LR-115 detectors. As the maps are more practical to interpret the results of radiological survey' he distributions of indoor Rn-222 activities in four most densely populated districts of Izmir were mapped in detail. It is seen that the estimated average radon concentration level (210 Bq m(-3)) determined in Izmir province was almost three times higher than the mean value for Turkey (81 Bq m(-3)). Exposed annual effective dose equivalents for Izmir province were estimated in the range of 0.7 to 2.3 mSy year(-1) with a mean of 5.3 mSv year(-1). In this study, it is pointed out that indoor radon concentration was affected by the age f the building and height above the ground.