December 1, 2021
Journal Article

Investigations of Association Among Atmospheric Radionuclide Measurements


Large networks producing frequent atmospheric radionuclide measurements have additional power in characterizing and localizing radionuclide release events over the analysis done with four or fewer samples. However, adding unrelated samples to an analysis dilutes that advantage, unless models are extended to account for this complexity. A key steppingstone to obtaining network power is to select a group of related sample measurements that are associated with a release event. Such collections of measurements can be assembled by an analyst, or perhaps they can be selected by algorithm. The authors explore, using a year of atmospheric transport calculations and realistic sensor sensitivities, the potential for a computed radionuclide association tool.

Published: December 1, 2021


Eslinger P.W., H.S. Miley, and B.T. Schrom. 2022. Investigations of Association Among Atmospheric Radionuclide Measurements. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 241. PNNL-SA-167303. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2021.106777