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Effect of season and meteorological conditions on community noise annoyance

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Author: Miedema, H.M.E. · Fields, J.M. · Vos, H.
Institution: Instituut voor Ruimtelijke Organisatie TNO
Source:Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 5, 117, 2853-2865
Identifier: 238483
Keywords: Acoustics and Audiology Environment · Acoustic noise · Atmospheric temperature · Precipitation (meteorology) · Wind · Noise annoyance · Seasonal effects · Transportation noise · Wind speeds · Meteorology · accuracy · article · community · meteorology · Netherlands · noise measurement · noise pollution · precipitation · priority journal · seasonal variation · summer · sun · temperature · traffic noise · wind · winter · Affect · Humans · Meteorological Factors · Noise · Seasons · Transportation · Urban Development · Built Environment


More than 80 000 residents' responses to transportation noise from 42 studies conducted at different times of year provide statistical estimates of the effects of season and meteorological conditions on community response to noise. The strongest evidence for a seasonal effect comes from 7 years of continuous daily interviewing of nationally representative probability samples in the Netherlands. Long-term annoyance with noise is slightly, but statistically significantly, higher in the summer than in the winter. Analyses of 41 other surveys drawn from diverse countries, climates, and times of year also provide evidence that noise annoyance varies over the year, is increased by temperature, and may be increased by more sunshine, less precipitation, and reduced wind speeds. These findings are not sufficiently precise to determine whether the apparent relationships with meteorological conditions are only the result of seasonal variations or are also the result of differences in the climate at different locations. There is not consistent evidence that the meteorological conditions on the day of the interview or the immediately preceding days have any more effect on long-term noise annoyance measures than do the conditions over the immediately preceding weeks or months. © 2005 Acoustical Society of America.