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Comparative analysis of EMF monitoring campaigns in the campus area of the University of Novi Sad

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Abstract

Following an increasing number of artificial electromagnetic field (EMF) sources in human surrounding, a number of research studies have been devoted to the issue of environmental EMF pollution. A particular attention has been attributed to the highly sensitive EMF zones, where people can stay for a longer period of time, which, among others, includes university campuses. Thus, the modern approach of long-term EMF monitoring has been established, carrying out cumulative field strength measurements at locations that are most visited by student population and university staff. The goal was to establish periodic and systematic EMF investigation over such highly sensitive areas, through a standardized procedure for EMF monitoring. In this paper, details about two EMF monitoring campaigns over the University of Novi Sad campus were presented, performing comparative analysis of their results. The obtained results revealed the increase (up to four times) of the cumulative field strength values, as well as the general population exposure, at specific locations. Between these two campaigns, the emergence of the new base station, as well as numerous Wi-Fi networks, was noticed in the campus. Consequently, the highest field strength values were acquired at two locations, most directly exposed to the main beams of base station’s antennas, although all obtained values were at least five times lower than the minimal reference levels prescribed by the Serbian legislation. Even though such results are acceptable, the future monitoring campaigns should be planned, particularly since the installation of new EMF sources are expected in the campus of the University of Novi Sad.

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This paper is supported by the Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia through the project TR 32055.

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Kljajic, D., Djuric, N. Comparative analysis of EMF monitoring campaigns in the campus area of the University of Novi Sad. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-08008-8

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Keywords

  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Broadband continuous monitoring
  • Exposure assessment