WP3 - Noise exposure assessment

Work package leader: Danny Houthuijs, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Netherlands)

  • Berry Environmental Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region (Italy)
  • Federal Environment Agency (Germany)
  • Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
  • Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité (France)
  • Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)
  • Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Memolix Environmental Consultants (Italy)
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands)
  • Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Republic Institute for Health Protection (Macedonia)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • University of Ghent (Belgium)


This work package aims to improve the noise exposure estimates for use in health studies. This aim will be achieved through the following activities:

1. Assessment of the usefulness and limitations of strategic noise maps for health studies

a. assess the applicability of available modelled noise maps to generate relevant indicators of noise exposure for health studies and their limitations
b. identify gaps in the availability of noise maps for micro-environments other than the residential environment
c. explore methods to assess exposure modifiers that can be used, in combination with noise maps, to improve the accuracy of the exposure assessment
d. assess the possibility to complement future noise maps with metrics for events and quiet areas
e. assess the comparability of noise exposure estimates based on maps between different populations in Europe
f. assess the importance of time-activity patterns and housing conditions in relation to noise exposure

2. Identification of novel methods for exposure assessment in health studies

a. explore innovative technical methods to measure more precise individual noise exposure indicators
b. identify methods that can validate relatively simple noise exposure indicators that can be applied in large-scale health studies
c. investigate and develop aggregated noise exposure indicators for use in small area health studies

3. Identification of further useful analyses on existing data such as the RANCH and HYENA datasets:

a. To perform policy related relevant analyses of existing databases to model combined exposures from several sources (e.g. rail and road) in relation to health data, such as sleep disturbance and annoyance
b. To perform policy-related relevant analyses of existing databases to examine more precise individual noise indicators accounting for variation related to the structural environment, e.g., sound insulation, building acoustics, position of the measurement instrument

The overall conclusions of the workshop and recommendations for future noise exposure assessment methods in health studies will be documented in a workshop report.


Workshop on noise exposure assessment (month 8)


Workshop report on noise exposure assessment, including results of further analyses of existing datasets (month 16)

September 22, 2017, 23:00