Mathew A. Hay

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Emerson

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Baker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


Radon gas is a significant public health problem that contributes to some cases of lung cancer. This thesis analyzes and determines the potential degree of radon gas exposure hazard in Marquette County, MI, by combining multiple layers of geospatial data in a geographic information system (GIS). The combined data are processed and assessed for statistically significant spatial patterns and correlations among multiple variables. Household indoor radon gas samples from locations throughout Marquette County are the basis of the project.

The results of this study will add to existing radon gas hazard research. In Marquette County, I have identified predictors based on correlated spatial attributes among indoor radon gas measurements, census variables (including rural and vacant housing), and geological features (including bedrock type and aeromagnetism), as identified in the existing literature. This thesis specifies the problem of the study, describes the significance of the problem, presents a comprehensive background of the subject, presents a detailed description of the methodology used in the study, discusses results of the study, and presents future recommendations for radon gas research.

Off-campus Download