RadNet Near-Real-Time Air Data From Columbia, SC
This page contains hourly data transmitted from RadNet stationary air monitors to EPA’s National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL). All RadNet stations measure gamma radiation emitted from airborne radioactive particles as they collect on the monitor's filter. These data are posted below on the "Gamma Gross Count Rate" graph. Learn more about RadNet.
Some RadNet monitors also measure exposure rate, which indicates the level of gamma radiation in the vicinity of the monitor. Exposure rate data are posted below, if available.
To view individual hourly measurements, please search the RadNet database in EPA's Central Data Exchange or view the RadNet CSV File Download webpage.
Gamma Gross Count Rate
RadNet stationary air monitors measure gammaGamma rays come from many different radioactive elements, both natural and man-made. Gamma rays can easily pass completely through the human body, damaging tissue and DNA. Several inches of lead or a few feet of concrete may be required to stop gamma rays. radiation emitted from airborne radioactive particles as they collect on the monitor's filter. EPA uses RadNet monitors to track fluctuations in gamma radiation emitted from airborne radioactive particles at each of our sites. Tracking these changes over time gives a picture of the background (normal) levels and allows EPA scientists to detect any unusual changes.
You can see a more detailed view of gamma detection across nine different channel ranges in our Gamma Gross Count Rate (by Channel Range) Graph
About the Gamma Gross Count Rate Graph
- The Gamma Gross Count Rate represents how many gamma rays the monitor detects each minute.
- To view the individual data points shown on this graph, please use the query tool to search the RadNet database in EPA's Central Data Exchange.