Monitoring precipitation rates using γ rays from adsorbed radon progeny as tracers

M. B. Greenfield, A. T. Domondon, S. Tsuchiya, M. Tomiyama

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A model based on atmospheric gamma radiation from radon progeny adsorbed onto the surface of rain and snow was used to monitor the precipitation rates. The gamma ray rates observed were proportional to the 0.45 power for rain, but for snow a linear relationship was observed. Correlation coefficients ranging from 0.85 to 0.95 and improving with elevation were obtained when data were fit with predominantly surface adsorption model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5733-5741
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 1


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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