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IGCP Project 571: Radon, Health and Natural Hazards - Annual Report

By Gavin K Gillmore, Robin G M Crockett, Frederic Perrier, Tadeusz Przylibski, Vivek Walia and Jit Singh Bajwa Bikram


The project focuses on a variety of impacts and hazard-associated manifestations of radon gas. This divides into two overlapping areas of interest:\ud \ud · radon as a health hazard\ud · recent European research has demonstrated that there is no 'safe' lower limit for radon exposure\ud · radon as an indicator of crustal processes and geohazards\ud · understanding the behaviour and drivers of radon gas is very important and helpful for hazard planners, both concerning radon itself and using it as a possible earthquake / landslide / volcanic hazard monitor and precursor\ud \ud By considering these, the project has a high headline potential for bringing together the dispersed research on radon hazard within interdisciplinary context and facilitating potential scientific advancement, involving:\ud \ud · geological and environmental sciences\ud · medical sciences\ud · engineering and architecture\ud \ud The project aims are to organise international and local/regional meetings and to generate and disseminate material for training courses. The project will also significantly promote international co-operation over and above formal meetings and benefit to society will be worldwide.\ud \ud The project will include universities, governmental and non-governmental bodies, commercial companies and local councils - on a global scale. There are currently five universities/institutions from five countries involved, from which the co-ordinating group is drawn, with a people from universities/institutions in a further nine countries having expressed their intention to become involved. Intended activities and outputs are:\ud \ud · NHESS special issue drawn from the 2009 EGU General Assembly launch session (in progress)\ud · websites at host universities/institutions\ud · oral and poster presentations and short-course at 2010 EGU General Assembly\ud · workshops and working groups at 2010 EGU General Assembly\ud · establishment of local / regional working groups\ud · student training program and instrument training\ud · meetings and published proceedings\ud · self-running PowerPoint slides\ud · and guidance notes in PDF form will be available on the website\ud · project boo

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