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Noise measurements and rail traffic development

a Swedish case study

Skärbäck, Erik (2007). Noise measurements and rail traffic development. Environmental Practice. 9 :2 , 119-127
[Research article]

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1466046607070184


Public involvement in the planning process is a prerequisite for democratic outcomes. Environmental issues regarding impacts of sound tend to be limited to mere exercises in noise estimation and guideline values. Such information is difficult for the layman to understand, and such a lack of understanding produces shortcomings in the democratic process. In addition to decibel calculations interpretable by experts, the sonic environment also can be described in more accessible ways. This article reports on a concrete planning case, the widening of the railway through Åkarp in southern Sweden, where the usual calculations of equivalent noise and maximum noise are undergoing critical analysis. In order to complement the noise description, a new measurement has been devised, “high noise time,” which is equal to the total time per 24 hours in which trains pass through a place without stopping. The frequency and duration of the passing of trains may be a better measure of disturbance than the maximum noise peak per passage or the equivalent (average) noise level distributed over 24 hours. Film technology also has been developed as a method for recording the frequency and duration of train passage.

Authors/Creators:Skärbäck, Erik
Title:Noise measurements and rail traffic development
Subtitle:a Swedish case study
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Practice
Year of publishing :2007
Page range:119-127
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Publication Type:Research article
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning
Keywords:rail traffic, noise measurements, public involvement, planning processes
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ID Code:4030
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Deposited By: Jenny Casey Eriksson
Deposited On:12 Oct 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:27

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