Terrestrial gamma radiation dose rate in Cienfuegos, Cuba
Keywords: 
Gamma radiation dose
Annual effective dose
Watershed
Radiological map
Cuba
Issue Date: 
2016
ISSN: 
0033-8451
Citation: 
Alonso-Hernández, C. M. (Carlos Manuel); Morera-Gómez, Y. (Yasser); Acosta-Milián, R. (R.); et al. "Terrestrial gamma radiation dose rate in Cienfuegos, Cuba". Radioprotection. 51 (4), 2016, 245 - 248
Abstract
This study assesses the level of background radiation for Cienfuegos Province, Cuba. Measurements of outdoor gamma radiation (of terrestrial and cosmic origin) in air were performed at 198 locations using a GPS navigator and a dose meter (SRP-68-01, 30 × 25 mm NaI detector). The average absorbed dose was found to be 73.9 nGy h-1 (17.2–293.9 nGy h-1), corresponding to an annual effective dose of 74.7 μSv (21–324 μSv). When compared with the data available for other places, the absorbed gamma doses obtained in this study indicate a background radiation level that falls within natural limits for the Damuji, Salado and Caonao watersheds; however, the Arimao and Gavilanes watersheds present levels of the absorbed dose and annual effective dose comparable with high background radiation areas. An isodose map of the terrestrial gamma dose rate in Cienfuegos was drawn using the GIS application “Arc View”. This study provides important baseline data of radiation exposure in the area.

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