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Reducing noise impact and improving quality of life by addressing annoyance

Abstract : Aircraft noise is the most significant impact on communities residing near airports. But in addition to acoustical factors, non-acoustical factors also contribute to noise annoyance. In the ANIMA project, relevant indicators influencing the quality of life of residents living near airport are identified. Literature studies, but also focus group meetings and workshops, and online survey for communities near altogether nine different European airports are performed to understand the role of the airport and the implications on the well-being of citizens. Furthermore, it is intended to study what current communication strategies of the airports are and how they influence the impact of aircraft noise on residents? annoyance response and well-being. A detailed literature study as well as a re-analysis of data has been carried out to develop awakenings indicators for nocturnal fly-overs, as noise-induced sleep disturbance has been linked to adverse health effects and is also associated with annoyance. Another study will be conducted to understand human visual perception of aircraft and their noise levels using a noise simulator with Virtual Reality glasses, where different aircraft types and their noise impact will be compared in a laboratory study and later in an ?in situ? experiment. Finally, people?s perception of environmental sound near the airport and the relation with land use planning will be evaluated by developing a mobile application to be used around Heathrow and Ljubljana Airport. Together with a carefully crafted social media study, data on property-value and movement of people throughout the day, we hope to establish more evidence on the relationship between land-use planning, noise perception and quality of life. The outcomes of all studies will be tested later in intervention studies and, or integrated into a Best- Practice portal that will be available for airports, governments, communities, and other stakeholders.
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Roalt Aalmoes, Susanne Bartels, Sarah Benz, Stephan Grossarth, Dominik Hauptvogel, et al.. Reducing noise impact and improving quality of life by addressing annoyance. Forum Acusticum, Dec 2020, Lyon, France. pp.3419-3426, ⟨10.48465/fa.2020.0527⟩. ⟨hal-03233735⟩



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