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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(11), 3890-3915; doi:10.3390/ijerph7113890

Effects of Changed Aircraft Noise Exposure on the Use of Outdoor Recreational Areas

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Department of Air Pollution and Noise, Division of Environmental Medicine, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 4404 Nydalen, N-0403 Oslo, Norway
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Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 4404 Nydalen, N-0403 Oslo, Norway
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Received: 24 September 2010 / Revised: 27 October 2010 / Accepted: 28 October 2010 / Published: 3 November 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Noise and Quality of Life)
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This paper examines behavioural responses to changes in aircraft noise exposure in local outdoor recreational areas near airports. Results from a panel study conducted in conjunction with the relocation of Norway’s main airport in 1998 are presented. One recreational area was studied at each airport site. The samples (n = 1,264/1,370) were telephone interviewed about their use of the area before and after the change. Results indicate that changed aircraft noise exposure may influence individual choices to use local outdoor recreational areas, suggesting that careful considerations are needed in the planning of air routes over local outdoor recreational areas. However, considerable stability in use, and also fluctuations in use unrelated to the changes in noise conditions were found. Future studies of noise impacts should examine a broader set of coping mechanisms, like intra- and temporal displacement. Also, the role of place attachment, and the substitutability of local areas should be studied. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft noise; annoyance; behavioural effects; constraints; displacement; panel study; place attachment; outdoor recreation; telephone survey aircraft noise; annoyance; behavioural effects; constraints; displacement; panel study; place attachment; outdoor recreation; telephone survey
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Krog, N.H.; Engdahl, B.; Tambs, K. Effects of Changed Aircraft Noise Exposure on the Use of Outdoor Recreational Areas. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 3890-3915.

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