Advisor: Pamela Burnley
My research topic involves modeling terrestrial gamma ray radiation from geology as a means of predicting the results of an aerial gamma ray survey. Aerial gamma ray surveys are conducted for many reasons ranging from national defense to scientific; but in all cases having priori knowledge of the terrestrial background significantly enhances the ability of those conducting the survey to find what they are looking for. To do this we obtain freely available geochemical and pre-existing aerial survey data and bin our data into regions that are deemed geochemically homogenous in terms of potassium, uranium and thorium which are the three main contributors to geologic terrestrial radiation. From there an exposure rate can be calculated via a simple linear equation or by computer simulation.