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Inventory of research into health and the living environment (1996-2015) : around (regional) airports of national significance

Inventarisatie van gezondheids- en belevingsonderzoeken (1996-2015) : rondom (regionale) luchthavens van nationale betekenis (Dutch only, English synopsis)

Inventarisatie van gezondheids- en belevingsonderzoeken (1996-2015) : rondom (regionale) luchthavens van nationale betekenis (Dutch only, English synopsis)

Synopsis

People can experience the same noise level differently. It turns out that annoyance levels of residents differ between regional airports despite exposure to the same amount of decibels. The conditions at and around the airports vary, influencing the way people experience their exposure to noise. The number and type of passing aircraft influence the annoyance levels. However, other factors play a role as well, such as the expectations about future developments at the airport and corresponding noise levels.



Calculate

There are two methods to derive annoyance levels due to aircraft noise: calculations and so called perception surveys. The national formula that has been established in 2002 for Schiphol airport is suitable to compute future annoyance levels around regional airports. This formula is less able to account for local actual circumstances as it portrays a general view of the annoyance situation.



Perception survey

Perception surveys are useful tools because they take into account the multitude of factors that induce noise annoyance. For comparison of annoyance levels between airports, it is important that surveys use a similar study design and measure annoyance in the same way.



A number of questions about noise annoyance were added to the 2016 national GGD health survey to explore the regional differences between airports in a systematic way. The survey is a standardized, four-yearly questionnaire that focuses on the self-perceived health situation of the Dutch population. New insights can be gained when the results of the monitor become available.



For this inventory, the RIVM has made an overview of the perception surveys that were carried out around the Dutch regional airports of national significance in the period 1996-2015.


 

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