Estimating human exposure to transport noise in central Dublin, Ireland

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Title: Estimating human exposure to transport noise in central Dublin, Ireland
Authors: Murphy, Enda
King, Eoin A.
Rice, Henry J.
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Date: Feb-2009
Abstract: This paper reports on research conducted to determine estimates of the extent of environmental noise exposure from road transport on residents and workers in central Dublin, Ireland. The Harmonoise calculation method is used to calculate noise values for the study area while a Geographical Information System (GIS) is utilised as a platform upon which levels of noise exposure are estimated. Residential exposure is determined for Lden and Lnight while worker exposure is determined for Lden. In order to analyse the potential of traffic management as a noise abatement measure, traffic was redirected from the main residential areas to alternative road links and the revised exposure levels were determined. The results show that the extent of noise exposure in Dublin is considerable, and in relative terms, it is worse for the night-time period. In addition, the results suggest also that traffic management measures have the potential to lead to significant reductions in the level of noise exposure provided that careful consideration is given to the impact of traffic flows on residential populations.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Noise mappingNoise exposureNoise modellingEnvironmental Noise DirectiveNoise pollutionNoise and healthNoise abatementGISTraffic managementDublin
Subject LCSH: Noise pollution--Ireland--Dublin
Transportation noise--Ireland--Dublin
Transportation noise--Health aspects
Transportation noise--Geographic information systems
Traffic engineering--Ireland--Dublin
DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2008.07.026
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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