INTERPRETING AIRPORT NOISE CONTOURS

Aircraft noise is a major environmental issue in areas surrounding airports. The noise exposure forecasting (NEF) method has been adopted in Canada and other countries for land use planning around airports. Specific noise contours have been implemented as rigid guidelines for development near airports, leading to questions about the interpretation and validity of these conceptual noise contours for particular locations. A comprehensive survey was conducted to investigate people's attitudes toward noise in an area close to the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Canada, which has particular geographical conditions. The results revealed that responses related to the degree of annoyance, disturbance, and complaint were lower than results from similar surveys carried out elsewhere. The survey findings showed that noise contours should be considered carefully in areas where geographical characteristics are not the same as those employed in the NEF method. Comments on some field-specific geographical factors are provided to improve land use planning based on NEF contours.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 66-69
  • Monograph Title: Environmental issues: energy, water, noise, waste, and natural resources
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030906113X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1995 12:00AM