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Ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

Data received from fixed and mobile monitors measuring the ambient (background) gamma radiation dose rate across the UK.

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2022: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2021: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2020: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2019: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2018: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2017: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2016: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK, fixed and mobile monitor readings

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2015: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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2014: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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2013: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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2012: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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2011: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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2010: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK

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Details

This data is received from fixed and mobile gamma radiation dose rate monitors and measures the ambient (or background) gamma radiation dose rate across the UK on an hourly basis.

From September 2022 onwards, dose rates are being made available from the Radiological Response and Emergency Management System (RREMS).

Dose rates from 2010 to September 2022 were available from the earlier Radioactive Incident Monitoring Network (RIMNET).

Elevated readings

The elevated readings, identified by red type in the ‘Max’ column of these files, are at a level which requires investigation. Each has been investigated and no specific reason found.

It is not unusual to have a small number of slightly elevated readings, often referred to as anomalies, which could be due to weather or power related factors, though the cause is often unknown. As no fault or reason was found, there is no justification for amending the readings on the RREMS database.

Published 22 January 2013
Last updated 15 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added January 2024 ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed and mobile monitors.

  2. Added December 2023: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed and mobile RREMS monitors.

  3. Added November 2023: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed and mobile RREMS monitors.

  4. Added October 2023: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed and mobile RREMS monitors.

  5. Added ambient gamma radiation dose rates for fixed and mobile monitors, July to September 2023.

  6. Added ambient gamma radiation dose rates for fixed and mobile monitors April to June 2023.

  7. January, February and March fixed and mobile monitor rates added.

  8. Added July to December 2022 ambient gamma dose rate readings for mobile and fixed monitors.

  9. RIMNET has been replaced by the Radiological Response and Emergency Management System (RREMS).

  10. Added April to June 2022 ambient gamma dose rate readings for mobile and fixed monitors.

  11. Added: January-March 2022: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed monitors January-March 2022: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from mobile monitors

  12. Added July to September 2021 ambient gamma dose rate readings for mobile and fixed monitors.

  13. Added April to June 2021 ambient gamma dose rate readings for mobile and fixed monitors.

  14. Added: January-March 2021: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from fixed monitors January-March 2021: ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK from mobile monitors

  15. October to December 2020 ambient gamma dose rate readings added for mobile and fixed monitors.

  16. July-September 2020 ambient gamma dose rate readings added for mobile and fixed monitors.

  17. April-June 2020 ambient gamma dose rate readings added for mobile and fixed monitors.

  18. RIMNET mobile data, January to March 2020 added.

  19. July to September 2019 mobile and fixed RIMNET data added.

  20. 2019 Quarter 2 data for fixed and mobile monitors added.

  21. 2019 Q1 data for fixed and mobile monitors added.

  22. 2018 Quarters 3 and 4, 'Ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK' added

  23. Quarterly data for April to June 2018 (quarter 2 2018) published.

  24. Quarterly data for January to March 2018 published.

  25. Data for Q1 and Q2 2017 published.

  26. Q4 2016 ambient gamma radiation dose rates across the UK.

  27. First published.