Environmental Radiation Level in Korea($1961{\sim}1980$)

한국의 환경방사선준위(環境放射線準位)($1961{\sim}1980$)

  • Rho, Chae-Shik (Environmental Research Div., Korea Advanced Energy Research Institute)
  • 노재식 (한국에너지연구소 환경연구실)
  • Published : 1981.10.31


This report presents the results of the environmental radiation program at Korea Advanced Energy Research Institute (KAERI) ($37^{\circ}38'N,\;127^{\circ}05'E$) and its surroundings for the last two decades (January, 1961 through December, 1980). In the 1960s, the monthly mean levels of environmental external radiation encountered ranged from a low of 14.2 microroentgen per hour to a high of 42.2 microroentgen per hour with a mean of 21.7 microroentgen per hour, while in 1970s it ranged from a low of 12.4 microroentgen per hour to a high of 40.8 microroentgen per hour with a mean of 20.4 microroentgen per hour. It may, therefore, be said that environmental radiation dose rates remained almost unchanged for the two decades except for the second half of 1960s and the first half of 1970s during which the off-site and on-site patterns were frequently unlike in form and intensity with appreciable differences between average values. Particular results of interest with respect to the effects of the fallout gamma dose rate on environmental radiation show that elevated levels were encountered in association with the deposits of fresh debris from Chinese and Russian nuclear weapons tests in particular.