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Assessment, Determination and Mitigation of Risks Related to the Occurrence of Radon Gas

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 3396

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Interests: energy efficiency; indoor air quality; building refurbishment; radon mitigation; hydric efficiency; sustainability
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Interests: cyber-physical systems; IoT; wireless sensor networks; signal processing; smart sensing; data analytics; visual analytics; IAQ monitoring; radon risk management
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Dear Colleagues,

Oncological disease is increasingly an issue that is urgent to mitigate and, above all, prevent, especially when this possibility exists. The natural radiation to which human populations are exposed can reach values above what is recommended, and, for this reason, it is an increased risk factor for the occurrence of diseases and disorders of a mutagenic nature. Radon is the most abundant natural source of radiation, so the study of its formation, concentration and effects on populations is imperative, and much attention and research must be devoted to it. The purpose of this Special Issue is to gather a set of studies on the assessment, determination and mitigation of the risk associated with the presence of radon gas, through the analysis of the conditions of its formation, origin and accumulation in the vicinity of populations, and the impact its presence may have on human health and living conditions.

Prof. Dr. António José Candeias Curado
Prof. Dr. Sérgio Ivan Fernandes Lopes
Prof. Dr. Leonel Jorge Ribeiro Nunes
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Keywords

  • Radon gas
  • Risk assessment
  • Health and safety
  • Mutagenic diseases
  • Radon mitigation

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Designing an Indoor Radon Risk Exposure Indicator (IRREI): An Evaluation Tool for Risk Management and Communication in the IoT Age
by Sérgio Ivan Lopes, Leonel J. R. Nunes and António Curado
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7907; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157907 - 26 Jul 2021
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The explosive data growth in the current information age requires consistent new methodologies harmonized with the new IoT era for data analysis in a space–time context. Moreover, intuitive data visualization is a central feature in exploring, interpreting, and extracting specific insights for subsequent [...] Read more.
The explosive data growth in the current information age requires consistent new methodologies harmonized with the new IoT era for data analysis in a space–time context. Moreover, intuitive data visualization is a central feature in exploring, interpreting, and extracting specific insights for subsequent numerical data representation. This integrated process is normally based on the definition of relevant metrics and specific performance indicators, both computed upon continuous real-time data, considering the specificities of a particular application case for data validation. This article presents an IoT-oriented evaluation tool for Radon Risk Management (RRM), based on the design of a simple and intuitive Indoor Radon Risk Exposure Indicator (IRREI), specifically tailored to be used as a decision-making aid tool for building owners, building designers, and buildings managers, or simply as an alert flag for the problem awareness of ordinary citizens. The proposed methodology was designed for graphic representation aligned with the requirements of the current IoT age, i.e., the methodology is robust enough for continuous data collection with specific Spatio-temporal attributes and, therefore, a set of adequate Radon risk-related metrics can be extracted and proposed. Metrics are summarized considering the application case, taken as a case study for data validation, by including relevant variables to frame the study, such as the regulatory International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) dosimetric limits, building occupancy (spatial dimension), and occupants’ exposure periods (temporal dimension). This work has the following main contributions: (1) providing a historical perspective regarding RRM indicator evolution along time; (2) outlining both the formulation and the validation of the proposed IRREI indicator; (3) implementing an IoT-oriented methodology for an RRM indicator; and (4) a discussion on Radon risk public perception, undertaken based on the results obtained after assessment of the IRREI indicator by applying a screening questionnaire with a total of 873 valid answers. Full article
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