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Annoyance from nocturnal aircraft noise exposure: Laboratory and field-specific dose-response curves

Quehl, Julia and Basner, Mathias (2006) Annoyance from nocturnal aircraft noise exposure: Laboratory and field-specific dose-response curves. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 26, pp. 127-140. Elsevier Ltd..

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Abstract

Dose-response curves regarding the annoying impact of nocturnal aircraft noise were calculated for the (1) maximum noise level L<sub>AS,max</sub> combined with the number of aircraft noise events and for the (2) energy equivalent noise level L<sub>AS,eq event</sub> by means of random effects logistic regression. These parameters were compared according to their predictive properties for annoyance ratings. Questionnaire surveys with 128 subjects of a laboratory study performed at the DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine served as data basis. The laboratory results were compared to the results of a field study carried out with 64 airport residents living in the vicinity of the Airport Cologne/Bonn. In the laboratory setting there was a significant rise of the portion of annoyed people depending on L<sub>AS,max</sub> and frequency of fly-overs. Unlike previous studies, the percent annoyed by aircraft noise also increased with L<sub>AS,max</sub> in nights with less than 16, but louder aircraft noise events. The group of annoyed subjects also significantly increased with the L<sub>AS,eq event</sub>; however, above 50 dBA it decreased again since fewer but louder events were presented in the underlying combinations of noise level (45 to 80 dBA L<sub>AS,max</sub>) and number of noise events per night (4 to 128). Data from the field study confirmed the trend of the laboratory dose-response relationships. Nevertheless, the curves established in the laboratory lay above the field-specific curves, i.e., subjects felt more annoyed by aircraft noise in the laboratory setting than in their domestic environment. This was most probably caused by the increased number of awakenings in the laboratory compared to field conditions. The findings of the studies indicate that not only the energy equivalent noise level, as used in noise abatement rules of many countries, but also the number of aircraft events are a major source of nocturnal aircraft noise induced annoyance.

Document Type:Article
Title:Annoyance from nocturnal aircraft noise exposure: Laboratory and field-specific dose-response curves
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Quehl, JuliaUNSPECIFIED
Basner, MathiasUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Environmental Psychology
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:26
Page Range:pp. 127-140
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
Status:Published
Keywords:Nocturnal aircraft noise, annoyance, dose-response curves, maximum noise level, energy equivalent noise level, number of noise events, field vs. laboratory settings
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L VU - Air Traffic and Environment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Quiet Air Traffic (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Flight Physiology
Deposited By: Louise Mawet
Deposited On:28 Feb 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:31

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