Humans are exposed to natural radioactivity at different levels depending on natural radioactive elements present in each area. This constant and continuous exposure to radiation can have impact on the health of the public and workers that can vary significantly from region to region and to working environments. E.g. radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking.
A quantitative analysis of the levels of radioactivity is essential to assess public dose rates and radioactive contamination, as well as to predict changes in environmental radioactivity caused by nuclear accidents, industrial activities, and other human activities.
To gain a clearer overview of the natural sources of radiation, the Joint Research Centre Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security has launched the European Atlas of Natural Radiation in collaboration with more than 60 National and International institutions.
Intended as an encyclopaedia of natural radioactivity, the Atlas describes the different sources of this kind of radioactivity, mapping the levels of natural background radiation and providing harmonized datasets.
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