Surveillance of the seashore using the KATERINA II geo-referenced detection system

HNPS Advances in Nuclear Physics vol. 29 (HNPS2022)
Published: May 5, 2023
In-situ gamma-ray spectrometry natural and anthropogenic radionuclides total counting rate beach sand rapid mapping
Christos Tsabaris
Dionisis Patiris
Christos Maramathas
Efrosyni Androulakaki
Georgios Eleftheriou
F.K. Pappa
S. Alexakis

In this work, the design and initial demonstration of the KATERINA II detection system for rapid mapping of radionuclides in areas near to seashore is presented. A new development has been realized by integrating a GPS module in KATERINA II detection system and synchronizing its data with the acquired spectra in real-time. The new system may be used in a backpack, for areas with low activity concentration, or can be installed in an unmanned vehicle, for observing and mapping the source(s) of radioactivity, e.g. at the seashore, in areas with high contamination. A quantitative solution is provided for natural and artificial radionuclides, taking into account the characteristics of the detector, the parameters of measurement geometry and a mean beach sand/sediment composition. This paper reports field results for site characterization issues through automated analysis of gamma-ray spectra including low-level and low-energy γ-emitters. Perspectives of the future application of the system in a worldwide basis are related to radionuclides mapping and the assessment of dose rates in seashore areas that may be contaminated due to the operation of nuclear power plants, desalination plants and NORM industries, and/or due to the decommissioning of nuclear installations.

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Author Biography
Christos Tsabaris, Hellenic Center for Marine Research Institute of Oceanography
Research Director, HCMR Specialty: Environmental Radioactivity in aquatic systems
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