Environmental Noise Pollution

1st Edition

Noise Mapping, Public Health, and Policy

Print ISBN: 9780124115958
eBook ISBN: 9780124116146
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 5th May 2014
Page Count: 282
118.00 + applicable tax
95.00 + applicable tax
150.00 + applicable tax
Compatible Not compatible
VitalSource PC, Mac, iPhone & iPad Amazon Kindle eReader
ePub & PDF Apple & PC desktop. Mobile devices (Apple & Android) Amazon Kindle eReader
Mobi Amazon Kindle eReader Anything else

Institutional Access


Environmental Noise Pollution: Noise Mapping, Public Health and Policy addresses the key debates surrounding environmental noise pollution with a particular focus on the European Union. Environmental noise pollution is an emerging public policy and environmental concern and is considered to be one of the most important environmental stressors affecting public health throughout the world.

This book examines environmental noise pollution, its health implications, the role of strategic noise mapping for problem assessment, major sources of environmental noise pollution, noise mitigation approaches, and related procedural and policy implications. Drawing on the authors' considerable research expertise in the area, the book is the first coherent work on this major environmental stressor, a new benchmark reference across disciplinary, policy and national boundaries.

Key Features

  • Highlights recent developments in the policy arena with particular focus on developments in the EU within the context of the European Noise Directive
  • Explores the lessons emerging from nations within the EU and other jurisdictions attempting to legislate and mitigate against the harmful effects of noise pollution
  • Covers the core theoretical concepts and principles surrounding the mechanics of noise pollution as well as the evidence-base linking noise with public health concerns


Environmental Health Specialists, Environmental Consultants

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Environmental Noise Pollution

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Debates and Challenges
    • 1.2 Environmental Noise
    • 1.3 The Book’s Focus and raison d'être
  • Chapter 2: Principles of Environmental Noise

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Sound as a Wave
    • 2.2 Representing Sound Levels with the Decibel Scale
    • 2.3 A-Weighting
    • 2.4 Noise Metrics
    • 2.5 Measuring Noise
    • 2.6 Outdoor Sound Propagation
    • 2.7 Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: Environmental Noise and Health

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 The Noise–Health Problem
    • 3.3 The Noise–Stress Relationship and Effects Overview
    • 3.4 Environmental Noise and Annoyance
    • 3.5 Environmental Noise and Sleep Disturbance
    • 3.6 Environmental Noise and Cardiovascular Disease
    • 3.7 Environmental Noise and Cognitive Impairment in Children
    • 3.8 Environmental Noise and Tinnitus
    • 3.9 The Special Case of Low-Frequency Noise
    • 3.10 Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Strategic Noise Mapping

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 EU Noise Policy and Legislation
    • 4.3 The Environmental Noise Directive
    • 4.4 Strategic Noise Mapping
    • 4.5 Strategic Noise Mapping in the EU: Results from the First Phase (2007)
    • 4.6 Strategic Noise Mapping Beyond the EU
    • 4.7 Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: Transportation Noise

    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Road Traffic Noise
    • 5.2 Railway Noise
    • 5.3 Aircraft Noise
    • 5.4 Limitations and Further Considerations
    • 5.5 Conclusion
  • Chapter 6: Industrial and Construction Type Noise

    • Abstract
    • 6.1 A Note on Noise Criteria
    • 6.2 Industrial Noise
    • 6.3 Port Noise
    • 6.4 Airports as Industrial Sources
    • 6.5 Wind Fa


No. of pages:
© Elsevier 2014
eBook ISBN:
Hardcover ISBN:


"...an important, unique book that bridges the gap between data and action – between what is known about, and what needs to be done, to reduce noise pollution." --Biz India