Eric Petermann

Eric Petermann
Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS | Bfs · Radon and NORM

Dr.rer.nat. (PhD)

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Introduction
I am a geoscientist working in the field of environmental radioactivity. Currently, I work on large-scale spatial prediction of the radioactive gas radon in soil and in buildings. For this purpose I apply various machine learning algorithms with the ultimate goal of providing a better identification of radon risk areas which allows prioritization of mitigation measures.
Additional affiliations
April 2018 - present
Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)
Position
  • Scientific Counselor
February 2014 - December 2017
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
March 2018 - March 2018
Dresden Technical University
Field of study
  • Isotope Hydro(geo)logy
July 2008 - December 2008
University of Canterbury
Field of study
  • Geography
October 2004 - October 2011
University of Leipzig
Field of study
  • Geography, Geology, Geophysics

Publications

Publications (18)
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Radon abatement policy is the response to the detrimental effect of indoor radon which is estimated to cause hundred thousands of lung cancer fatalities worldwide annually. The policy consists of decisions to implement measures. Decisions rest on data and (sometimes competing) interests, among them health protection. Its weight as an argument depen...
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Background: Maps are important tools for geographic visualization of the state of the environment with respect to resources as well as to hazards. One of the hazards is indoor radon (Rn), believed to be the most important cause of lung cancer after smoking. In particular, as part of Rn mitigation policy and in compliance with the European Basic Saf...
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The detrimental health effects of radon have been acknowledged by national and international legislation such as the European Union Basic Safety Standards (EURATOM-BSS Article 103/3) which requires member states to delineate radon priority areas. These radon priority areas are conventionally based on the concept of hazard by using indoor radon conc...
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Background: Many different methods are applied for radon mapping depending on the purpose of the map and the data that are available. In addition, the definitions of radon priority areas (RPA) in EU Member States, as requested in the new European EURATOM BSS (1), are diverse. Objective: 1) Comparison of methods for mapping geogenic and indoor radon...
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Indoor radon is considered as an indoor air pollutant due to its carcinogenic effect. Since the main source of indoor radon is the ground beneath the house, we utilize the geogenic radon potential (GRP) and a geogenic radon hazard index (GRHI) for predicting the geogenic component of the indoor Rn hazard in Germany. For this purpose, we link indoor...
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Technical Report
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This document, titled “Report on the results from the on-site comparison of indoor radon measurements and geogenic radon measurements under field conditions together with guidelines/recommendations to assist the implementation of the EU-BSS” represents the deliverable D3 of the MetroRADON project.
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The radioactive gas radon (Rn) is considered as an indoor air pollutant due to its detrimental effects on human health. In fact, exposure to Rn belongs to the most important causes for lung cancer after tobacco smoking. The dominant source of indoor Rn is the ground beneath the house. The geogenic Rn potential (GRP) - a function of soil gas Rn conc...
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Exposure to indoor radon at home and in workplaces constitutes a serious public health risk and is the second most prevalent cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking. Indoor radon concentration is to a large extent controlled by so-called geogenic radon, which is radon generated in the ground. While indoor radon has been mapped in many parts of E...
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The radioactive gas Radon (Rn) is considered as an indoor air pollutant due to its detrimental effects on human health. In fact, exposure to Rn is the second most important cause for lung cancer after tobacco smoking. The dominant source of indoor Rn is the ground beneath the house. The geogenic Rn potential (GRP) - a function of soil gas Rn concen...
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Between the end of September and early October 2017, 106Ru was recorded by air monitoring stations across parts of Europe. In the environment, this purely anthropogenic radionuclide can be detected very rarely only. As far as known, 106Ru is only used in radiotherapy and possibly in radiothermal generators. Therefore, the episode drew considerable...
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The paper presents an improved approach for investigating submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) based on radon mapping and radon mass balancing in the coastal sea. While the use of radon as an environmental tracer in SGD studies is well-established, we identified based on our longstanding experience six methodical shortcomings of the conventional a...
Thesis
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The discharge of groundwater into surface water bodies is a hidden, but significant pathway for the input of water and matter into lakes, rivers, estuaries and the coastal sea. Since groundwater is most often characterized by higher levels of nutrients or heavy metals, its discharge has often a crucial effect on the surface water body´s chemistry a...
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Lacustrine groundwater discharge (LGD) and the related water residence time are crucial parameters for quantifying lake matter budgets and assessing its vulnerability to contaminant input. Our approach utilizes the stable isotopes of water (δ18O, δ2H) and the radioisotope radon (222Rn) for determining long-term average and short-term snapshots in L...
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Quantification of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is essential for evaluating the vulnerability of coastal water bodies to groundwater pollution and for understanding water body material cycles response due to potential discharge of nutrients, organic compounds, or heavy metals. Here we present an environmental tracer-based methodology for qu...
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Radon-in-water concentration time-series that are detected by means of radon-in-air detectors usually demonstrate a distinct response delay between radon-in-water concentration and the related radon-in-air records. This response delay results in recorded radon-in-air time-series that are not fully reflecting short-term radon-in-water fluctuations....
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[Please scroll down for a short info in English and download options] Deutschland hat sich im Rahmen der Nationalen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie für die Flächenneuinanspruchnahme das ehrgeizige Ziel gesetzt, den Flächenverbrauch auf 30 ha/ Tag im Jahr 2020 zu reduzieren. Die vielen Initiativen des Bundes, der Länder und vor allem der Städte und Gemeind...
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Observing flow pattern and directions in the streambed is a challenging yet important task to understand many hyporheic zone processes. Our approach is tracing a salt (NaCl) plume with geoelectrical methods. The salt solution was injected into the sediment at the upstream end of the gravel bar and its temporal and spatial spreading was detected by...

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
Sub-project 1: Remote-sensing groundwater system characterisation – A multimethodological approach Sub-project 2: Localisation and quantification of submarine groundwater discharge using environmental tracer Sub-project 3: Effects of groundwater discharge on marine macrozoobenthos Sub-project 4: Land use (changes) and groundwater vulnerability