Special Issue "The Combined Health Effects of Environmental Exposures"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2016

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
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Division of Social Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Sonnenburgstraße 16, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Website: http://homepage.i-med.ac.at/q002pl/
Fax: +43 0512 9003 73251
Interests: environmental and social epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment; noise/vibration and air pollution; combined effects; quality of life
Guest Editor
Dr. Ronny Klaeboe
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Department of Safety, Security and Environment Institute of Transport Economics Gaustadaleen 21, Oslo 0349, Norway
Website: https://www.toi.no/staff/klaeboe-ronny-article17551-27.html
Phone: +4748957187
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska
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Department of Physical Hazards, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, P.O. Box 199, 90-950. Łódź, Poland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Simultaneous exposure to more than one physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial hazard is common in home, transitional and occupational environments.

Especially, transportation (road, rail, and air) and occupational noise is often accompanied by exposure to vibrations, air pollutants, odors and other specific environmental contexts which may enhance or reduce the potential impact.

Unfortunately, in health impact assessments, noise sources are often treated as independent contributors with the potential risk of underestimating the true health impact.

At least in environmental health impact assessments (EHIAs), most countries require the assessment of cumulative effects and the discussion of potential interactions. However, research activities in this area are scarce, as can be observed in the last update of Team 8 of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN). Also the publication options for this field are not encouraging and often results on combined effects remain unpublished.

This special issue is intended to provide an opportunity to the research community to publish the valuable results of studies which have dealt with the broad effects of combined/cumulative exposures in the environment (as defined by WHO).

The theme of noise should be the center of these publications. Reviews, research articles, methodological and papers concerning relevant policies and regulations are solicited. Please provide an abstract beforehand so we can confirm its suitability to the intended theme. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
Dr. Ronny Klaeboe
Prof. Dr. Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska
Guest Editors


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  • noise
  • health impact assessment
  • environmental health impact assessment
  • cumulative risk
  • combined effects
  • multiple sources
  • home environment
  • occupational environment
  • vulnerable populations/persons

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(8), 746; doi:10.3390/ijerph13080746
Received: 31 May 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 16 July 2016 / Published: 23 July 2016
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Last update: 16 November 2015

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