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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 61--64

The need for a specific noise measurement for population exposed to aircraft noise during night-time

CEPA-CNRS, Strasbourg, France

Correspondence Address:
Alain Muzet
Director, CNRS-CEPA, 21, rue Becquerel, 67087, Strasbourg cedex
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 12678950

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Most of subjective complaints about aircraft noise during night-time refers to sleep disruption. In order to protect populations who live around airports, it is of major importance to define levels of noise considered to be unacceptable during that particular time of the 24-hour period. In addition to an integrated indicator which describes the global noise exposure (Lden), the French authority on airport noise control (Autorite de Controle des Nuisances Sonores Aeroportuaires: ACNUSA) is considering the possibility of defining a maximum noise level [LAmax (1s)] that should not be exceeded at night (from 22.00 to 06.00) by any flying aircraft over residential areas. The main benefit of this single event indicator would be the identification of contravening vessels and application of possible penalty. It is believed that this type of sanction would help protecting sleep in highly noise-exposed areas.


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