Sampling Optimization Trade-Offs for Long-Term Monitoring of Gamma Dose Rates

  • S. J. Melles
  • G. B. M. Heuvelink
  • C. J. W. Twenhöfel
  • U. Stöhlker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5072)


This paper applies a recently developed optimization method to examine the design of networks that monitor radiation under routine conditions. Annual gamma dose rates were modelled by combining regression with interpolation of the regression residuals using spatially exhaustive predictors and an anisotropic variogram of the residuals. Locations of monitoring stations were optimized by minimizing the spatially averaged regression kriging standard deviation. Results suggest that the current network design is near optimal in terms of interpolation error in predicted gamma dose rates. When the network was thinned to fewer stations, spatial optimization was more effective at reducing the interpolation error. Given that some EU countries are considering reducing station density in border regions, the analysis reported here may be useful in guiding which stations can be removed.


interpolation terrestrial radiation gamma radiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Melles
    • 1
  • G. B. M. Heuvelink
    • 1
  • C. J. W. Twenhöfel
    • 2
  • U. Stöhlker
    • 3
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences GroupWageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)WageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)BilthovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS)SalzgitterGermany

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