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Soundscape design guidelines through noise mapping methodologies: An application to medium urban agglomerations

Konstantinos Vogiatzis
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  • Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Department, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, 383 34 Volos, Greece
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Published Online: 2017-03-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2017-0001


In the framework of the European Directive 2002/49/EC, from 2012 to 2016, several cities in Greece have completed noise strategic maps with noise action plans that usually define the main strategies to reduce the noise residents are exposed to and introduce and preserve “quiet zones”. Several medium urban agglomerations in Greece (Volos, Larissa, Chania, Heraklion, Corfu, Agrinio, Thessaloniki) have been chosen to also analyse the sound qualities of the soundscapes of specific urban neighbourhoods in order to generate recommendations for the urban design of the soundscapes of these agglomerations in a manner that complements conventional noise mitigation measures. The general principle of this approach is to relate quantitative data (e.g., from measurements, acoustic simulations, urban forms, topography, and traffic model) with qualitative data (e.g., from type of sources, interviews, reports on environmental noise perception) by creating quantitative and qualitative maps. The aim of this study is to propose possible action tools to the relevant authorities aiming at diminishing noise levels in affected areas and also to provide solutions towards a sustainable sound environment both in space and time. This paper presents the main current methodology, selected important results proposed for the urban agglomerations of a typical Southeast Mediterranean country such as Greece.

Keywords: strategic noise map; directive 2002/49; qualitative sound maps; soundscape guidelines; action plan


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About the article

Received: 2016-05-06

Accepted: 2016-12-17

Published Online: 2017-03-16

Citation Information: Noise Mapping, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 1–19, ISSN (Online) 2084-879X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2017-0001.

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