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Electromagn Biol Med. 2019 Oct 31:1-6. doi: 10.1080/15368378.2019.1685540. [Epub ahead of print]

Measurement and mapping of the electromagnetic radiation in the urban environment.

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Laboratory of Electromagnetic Protection Technology, Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection, Beijing, China.

Abstract

People are increasingly exposed to electromagnetic radiation with the rapid development of technologies such as broadcasting and mobile communication system. There is a concern that long-term exposure at low levels may be associated with various non-specific physical symptoms and ecological effects on animals and plants. It is extremely important to measure and analyze the electromagnetic radiation levels in order to protect people from the possible effects of electromagnetic radiation. A large-scale assessment of the effects of electromagnetic radiation on health or on ecology requires the ambient electromagnetic radiation levels over areas too vast to cover with conventional measurement methods. In this article, detailed information about the measurement tools and measurement method are given. The electromagnetic radiation exposure levels were measured on the main streets in the dense urban areas of Beijing, the capital of China. We apply ordinary kriging as an interpolation technique to assess the electromagnetic radiation exposure in large outdoor areas based on car-mounted measurements along the surrounding roads. The electromagnetic radiation exposure levels for larger areas can be investigated visually on the electromagnetic pollution map, which can assist decision makers by identifying the hotspots.

KEYWORDS:

Electromagnetic radiation; electric field; interpolation; ordinary kriging

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