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Holistic and sustainable abatement of noise by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means

Objective

Noise pollution is a major environmental problem within the EU. The social costs of traffic noise have been estimated to 0.4% of total GDP. Road traffic is the dominant source, and also rail traffic noise is significant. At the same time, road and rail traffic are expected to steadily increase, and the source strength is not expected to significantly decrease within the near future. To reduce the outdoor traffic noise to a sufficiently low level for a good acoustic environment is a major challenge of high need. Here, we will focus on noise propagation abatement for the outdoor environment. Following the EU Directive on environmental noise, a series of major action have been taken in noise abatement, but the sustainability has rarely been paid attention. The main idea of our project is to optimize the use of green areas, green surfaces and other natural elements in combination with artificial elements in urban and rural environments for reducing the noise impact of road and rail traffic. The project offers a variety of powerful abatement strategies that will make a cost effective improvement by its combination of approaches concerning: ground and road surface treatments; trees, forests and tall vegetation; greening of buildings and other surfaces; and innovative barriers. The noise impact will be assessed in terms of sound levels (including spectra and time patterns) as well as perceived environment (including annoyance, well-being and other health related aspects). The main objectives of the project are: to show by full scale evaluation that the proposed abatement methods work; to deliver noise prediction methods applicable to the proposed abatements, which can also be used in noise mapping software; to deliver assessment methods for the perceived noise environment; to deliver a good practice guide for the end-users; and to show the cost benefit, including the positive effect on urban air quality and CO2 neutrality, of the resulting noise abatement methods.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 521 630
Administrative Contact
Magnus Holmstrand (Mr.)

Participants (12)

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 287 340
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mats Nilsson (Dr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 639 381
Address
Avenue Jean Jaures 84
77420 Champs Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jerome Defrance (Dr.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 313 746
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Stainton (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 909
Address
Richmond Road
BD7 1DP Bradford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sheila +44-1274-233003 (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 498 207
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Watson Joanne (Ms.)
IMINDS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 427 589
Address
Technologiepark 19
9052 Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Moens (Ms.)
TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 438 128
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Refstie Espen (Mr.)
MULLER-BBM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 777
Address
Robert Kochstrasse 11
82152 Planegg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Maennel (Mr.)
CANEVAFLOR
France
EU contribution
€ 114 864
Address
Rue Du Docteur Guffon 24
69170 Tarare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monique Denis (Ms.)
ACOUCITE
France
EU contribution
€ 123 166
Address
Rue St Michel 24
69007 Lyon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emeline Baume (Ms.)
STOCKHOLMS STAD
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 96 263
Address
Stadshuset/redovisningsenheten
105 35 Stockholm
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörgen Bengtsson (Mr.)
INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF HANYANG UNIVERSITY
South Korea
Address
Haengdang-dong Seongdong-gu 17
133-791 Seoul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ki-Hun Lee (Mr.)