Radon in Lancaster County (PA) Homes

Radon

Dr. Chuck Geiger

Research Theme:

Analysis of data collected by and with American Lung Association of Lancaster and Berks Counties on Radon in homes within Lancaster County. General research goals are methodological strategies and policy recommendations for efficient publicity and testing programs.

Most of this research has been carried out in cooperation with Dr. Kent Barnes, Towson University (see Publications).

I am currently adapting improvements in Lancaster County's base GIS data to the mapping of the radon readings because it is now possible to get vastly improved location precision and accuracy.

Research Activities:

  • Conference Presentations:

    • "Micro-Zoning Radon Potential in a High-Hazard Area"
      co-authored with Dr. Kent Barnes, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University
      Annual Meeting: Association of American Geographers
      March 3, 2001; New York, New York
    • "Address Matching in Radon Research"
      Annual Meeting: Pennsylvania Geographical Society
      November 1, 1997; York, Pennsylvania
    • "Analyzing Residential Vulnerability to Radon"
      co-authored and co-presented with Dr. Kent Barnes (first author), Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University
      Annual Meeting: Association of American Geographers
      April 11, 1996; Charlotte, North Carolina
    • "Radon Hazard- Where and Why? Vulnerability Analysis Using GIS"
      co-authored and co-presented with Dr. Kent Barnes, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University
      8th Annual Towson State University Geographic Information Systems Conference
      June 7, 1995; Towson State University, Maryland.
    • "British vs. American Responses to the Radon Hazard"
      Annual Meeting: Association of American Geographers
      April 1, 1994; San Francisco, California
    • "A Spatial View of Radon: Hazard Assessment Using GIS"
      co-authored and co-presented with Dr. Kent Barnes, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University
      6th Annual Towson State University Geographic Information Systems Conference
      March 26, 1993; Towson State University, Maryland
    • "Radon: Prediction and Surveillance Using GIS"
      co-authored and co-presented with Dr. Kent Barnes, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University
      National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control
      Annual National Geography Awareness Week program
      November 18, 1992; Hyattsville, Maryland
    • "Spatial Modelling of Radon Risk in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania"
      co-authored with Dr. Kent Barnes, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson State University (Barnes presented; I did not attend)
      Annual Meeting: Association of American Geographers
      April 20, 1992; San Diego, California
    • "Using GIS to Assess Housing Characteristics Associated with Radon: Lancaster County, PA"
      Annual GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Conference
      March 1992; Towson State University, Maryland
  • Publications:

    • Geiger, Charles and Kent Barnes,
      "A GIS Methodology for Radon Assessment
      In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," The
      Pennsylvania Geographer, Vol 32 (no. 1,
      Spring/Summer), 1994, pp 85-99.
    • Geiger, Charles and Kent Barnes,
      "Indoor Radon Hazard: A Geographical
      Assessment and Case Study," Applied
      Geography, Vol. 14 (no. 4), 1994,
      pp 350-371.
    • Unpublished Manuscripts:

    • Barnes, Kent and Charles Geiger,
      "Micro-Zoning and Mapping Indoor Radon
      Using 'Hot Houses' as Risk Markers."
      Submitted to The Professional Geographer,
      2001.