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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(5), 490; doi:10.3390/ijerph13050490

Analysis of Sampling Methodologies for Noise Pollution Assessment and the Impact on the Population

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, 5 Poniente 1670, Talca 3460000, Chile
Departamento de Física Aplicada, Escuela Politécnica, Universidad de Extremadura, Avda. de la Universidad s/n, Cáceres 10003, Spain
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Academic Editor: Kim Natasha Dirks
Received: 12 February 2016 / Revised: 1 May 2016 / Accepted: 4 May 2016 / Published: 11 May 2016
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Today, noise pollution is an increasing environmental stressor. Noise maps are recognised as the main tool for assessing and managing environmental noise, but their accuracy largely depends on the sampling method used. The sampling methods most commonly used by different researchers (grid, legislative road types and categorisation methods) were analysed and compared using the city of Talca (Chile) as a test case. The results show that the stratification of sound values in road categories has a significantly lower prediction error and a higher capacity for discrimination and prediction than in the legislative road types used by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications in Chile. Also, the use of one or another method implies significant differences in the assessment of population exposure to noise pollution. Thus, the selection of a suitable method for performing noise maps through measurements is essential to achieve an accurate assessment of the impact of noise pollution on the population. View Full-Text
Keywords: noise pollution; sampling methods; noise predictive capacity; noise annoyance noise pollution; sampling methods; noise predictive capacity; noise annoyance

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Rey Gozalo, G.; Barrigón Morillas, J.M. Analysis of Sampling Methodologies for Noise Pollution Assessment and the Impact on the Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 490.

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