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Trends in aircraft noise annoyance: The role of study and sample characteristics

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Author: Kroesen, M. · Molin, E.J.E. · Miedema, H.M.E. · Vos, H. · Janssen, S.A. · Wee, B. van
Institution: TNO Bouw en ondergrond
Source:Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 3, 15, 144-153
Identifier: 346397
Keywords: Architecture · Aircraft noise · Annoyance · Noise exposure · Residential satisfaction · Aircraft noise · Amsterdam Schiphol · Neighbor noise · Netherlands · Noise annoyance · Noise exposure · Residential satisfaction · Road traffic noise · Structural equation models · Acoustic noise · Aircraft · Houses · Noise pollution · aircraft emission · estimation method · noise pollution · pollution tolerance · residential satisfaction · Netherlands


This study assesses the effects of aircraft noise on residential satisfaction, an important indicator of subjective well-being. A structural equation model is specified that estimates the relationships between objective variables, noise annoyance variables and residential satisfaction. Secondary data-analysis is used to estimate the model. The survey was conducted in 1996/1997 among the population living within a 25-km radius of Amsterdam Schiphol, the largest airport in the Netherlands. The effect of aircraft noise annoyance is found to be relatively small. In addition, the objective level of aircraft noise exposure is found to be a better predictor of residential satisfaction than its subjective counterpart. The most important determinants of residential satisfaction are found to be road traffic noise annoyance, age and neighbor noise annoyance. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.