Cosmic radiation on Everest

bob kerr RESIZED
Scottish climber Bob Kerr will present his research on cosmic radiation to a group of scientists next year after an expedition to Mount Everest saw him collect readings to measure increasing radiation dose rates at high altitude.

It is known that doses of cosmic radiation increase at high altitudes due to the thinning of the atmosphere. Through the collection of this data, Kerr hoped to help Everest climbers, guides and Sherpa to understand the radiation levels to which they are exposed.

Although a medical condition meant it was not possible for him to reach the summit of Mount Everest, a Sherpa was on hand to carry the radiation detectors to the peak and back. Kerr, a Radiation Protection Advisor, will present his findings at the Society for Radiological Protection meeting in Southport next year.


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