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Environmental Noise. Risk Assessment and Regulation for the Case of Traffic Noise

Environmental noise may be seen as dangerous; for, besides its subjective valuation, it may also become relevant to human health: Cardiovascular problems or hearing loss are some of the side effects of noise. Furthermore, noise constitutes an obstacle to communication and, thus, to social life.
These problems have raised growing public awareness and, as a consequence, a considerable number of relevant regulations have been enacted at national as well as international levels. Nevertheless, these measures have not eliminated the conflict between those who generate noise and those who are affected by it. The case of aircraft noise may serve here as a paradigm: Air traffic is increasingly accepted by travellers and is thus endowed with a high economic potential. Simultaneously, air travel is a growing source of noise, constituting a nuisance to effected communities which seem to become increasingly intolerant to noise.
This problem has given rise to the need for rational assessment of noise risks and of potentials for their mitigation. In conducting this task, the opportunity for increasing mobility and its usefulness for society have been co-evaluated. The results of this project provide reasonable recommendations for the relevant upcoming regulations at national and European levels.

Project Group

  • Professor Dr. jur. Michael Kloepfer, Berlin (Chair)
  • Professor Dr. med. Barbara Griefahn, Dortmund
  • Professor nadzw. Dr. hab. Andrzej M. Kaniowski, Lôdz
  • Professor Gernot Klepper, Ph.D., Kiel
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Steinebach, Kaiserslautern
  • Professor Dr. Heinrich B. Weyer, Köln
  • Dr. jur. Peter Wysk, Münster

Project Co-ordinator: Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Lingner, Dipl.-Geol.