The Number-of-Events as a Predictor Variable in Aircraft Noise Annoyance Models. K. Foertsch and P. Davies

Monday, December 2, 2013

 

The Number-of-Events as a Predictor Variable in Aircraft Noise Annoyance Models. K. Foertsch and P. Davies. A PARTNER Project 24 report. December 2013. Report no. PARTNER-COE-2013-002 Download (pdf 1.6M)

Aircraft noise may have a number of direct adverse effects, including annoyance, on the communities surrounding airports. The annoyance reactions of individuals and communities to aircraft noise are predicted with annoyance models, which are normally functions of predictor variables that describe the noise exposure. The number of aircraft events that a person is exposed to (the number-of-events), has been hypothesized as a signifcant contributor to annoyance. However, most models of annoyance to aircraft noise are functions only of the average sound energy of the total noise exposure. The purpose of this research was to quantify the relative effects of sound level and number-of-events in historical noise survey data sets and to develop a survey simulation tool to help in the design of future surveys so that the collected data will be sufficient to compare the performance of proposed annoyance models.