Holistic and sustainable abatement of noise by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means

Start date 01/11/2009
End date The project is closed: 30/04/2013
The main idea of our project is to optimize the use of green areas, green surfaces and other natural elements in combination with artificial elements in urban and rural environments for reducing the noise impact of road and rail traffic. The project offers a variety of powerful abatement strategies that will make a cost effective improvement by its combination of approaches concerning: ground and road surface treatments; trees, forests and tall vegetation; greening of buildings and other surfaces; and innovative barriers. The noise impact will be assessed in terms of sound levels as well as perceived environment (including annoyance, well-being and other health related aspects).
 
The main objectives of the project are: to show by full scale evaluation that the proposed abatement methods work; to deliver noise prediction methods applicable to the proposed abatements, which can also be applied to noise mapping software; to deliver assessment methods for the perceived noise environment; to deliver a good practice guide for the end-users; and to show the cost benefit, including the positive effect on urban air quality and CO2 neutrality of the proposed noise abatement methods.
 
 
The project is carried out at the Division of Applied Acoustics in research group Vibroacoustics.
 
Keywords: Noise abatement, natural noise control, road, rail, outdoor acoustics, numerical modelling, measurements
Project members

​Jens Forssen
Wolfgang Kropp
Maarten Hornikx
Bart van der Aa

Contact
Jens Forssén

External partners at the project
​CHALMERS (SWE)
Stockholm University (SWE)
CSTB (FRA)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY (GBR)
UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD (GBR)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (GBR)
INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTITUTE FOR BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY (BEL)
TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT (NOR)
Müller-BBM GmbH (GER)
CANEVAFLOR SAS (FRA)
ACOUCITE (FRA)
City of Stockholm, Environment and Health Administration (SWE)
HANYANG UNIVERSITY (KOR)
​EC, FP7, €3.9M

Published: Thu 30 May 2013. Modified: Mon 28 Oct 2013