Noise as a Stress Factor on Humans in Urban Environments in Summer and Winter

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Jonas Stienen

Institute of Technical Acoustics, RWTH Aachen University

Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 14:20 - 14:40

0.6 Madrid (49)

With an increasing population in urban areas an increase of man-made influences on the environment like noise, particular matter or temperature fluctuation can be expected. As a consequence, negative effects on the health of humans can be anticipated due to the rise of stress factors. To examine the influence of different stressors, an interdisciplinary research group has been formed to conduct meteorological and acoustic measurements at certain positions in the city of Aachen, while interviews have been performed simultaneously to assess the perceived influence by the public. Intermediate results from measurement and interviews of two campaigns, one in winter and the other in summer 2014, will be presented and compared with respect to acoustics. The compliance of classical A-weighted equivalent noise level and psychoacoustic time-variant loudness at sensitive receiver positions with the actual perception of the interview partners will be discussed.

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