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Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2016 Jan;168(1):134-47. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv008. Epub 2015 Feb 17.

A large-scale measurement, analysis and modelling of electromagnetic radiation levels in the vicinity of GSM/UMTS base stations in an urban area.

Author information

1
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey teoman@inonu.edu.tr.
2
Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey.
3
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey.

Abstract

The present study analyses the electric field radiating from the GSM/UMTS base stations located in central Malatya, a densely populated urban area in Turkey. The authors have conducted both instant and continuous measurements of high-frequency electromagnetic fields throughout their research by using non-ionising radiation-monitoring networks. Over 15,000 instant and 13,000,000 continuous measurements were taken throughout the process. The authors have found that the normal electric field radiation can increase ∼25% during daytime, depending on mobile communication traffic. The authors' research work has also demonstrated the fact that the electric field intensity values can be modelled for each hour, day or week with the results obtained from continuous measurements. The authors have developed an estimation model based on these values, including mobile communication traffic (Erlang) values obtained from mobile phone base stations and the temperature and humidity values in the environment. The authors believe that their proposed artificial neural network model and multivariable least-squares regression analysis will help predict the electric field intensity in an environment in advance.

PMID:
25693600
DOI:
10.1093/rpd/ncv008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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