Strategic environmental noise mapping: methodological issues concerning the implementation of the EU Environmental Noise Directive and their policy implications.
AffiliationSchool of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Richview, Clonskeagh, University College Dublin, Dublin 14, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitationStrategic environmental noise mapping: methodological issues concerning the implementation of the EU Environmental Noise Directive and their policy implications. 2010, 36 (3):290-8 Environ Int
AbstractThis paper explores methodological issues and policy implications concerning the implementation of the EU Environmental Noise Directive (END) across Member States. Methodologically, the paper focuses on two key thematic issues relevant to the Directive: (1) calculation methods and (2) mapping methods. For (1), the paper focuses, in particular, on how differing calculation methods influence noise prediction results as well as the value of the EU noise indicator L(den) and its associated implications for comparability of noise data across EU states. With regard to (2), emphasis is placed on identifying the issues affecting strategic noise mapping, estimating population exposure, noise action planning and dissemination of noise mapping results to the general public. The implication of these issues for future environmental noise policy is also examined.