Special Issue "The Protection of Quiet Areas as a Public Health Aim Towards Sustainable Health: Approaches, Case Studies and Implementation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
Division of Social Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Sonnenburgstraße 16, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Website: http://www.i-med.ac.at/sozialmedizin/de/personal/peter_lercher.html
E-Mail: peter.lercher@i-med.ac.at
Phone: +43 0512 9003 71253
Fax: +43 0512 9003 73251
Interests: environmental and social epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment; noise/vibration and air pollution; combined effects; quality of life

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Noise is continuously spreading from urban centers to suburban and rural areas - thereby reducing the options for restoration, undisturbed communication and decreasing health related and environmental quality of life. Aside from continuously increasing traffic one important reason for the unending spread of noise is that in large environmental health impact assessments (airports, rail tracks, roads) only the upper health limits of exposure are addressed. This leads to the widespread use in environmental administration and policy to "fill up" the noise exposure to the maximum allowed. Aware of this fact, in 2002, the Environmental noise directive (END) has introduced the protection of quiet areas as a new goal for the administration of noise in European countries. Other parts of the world face the same problem. Unfortunately, the legal and scientific framework to implement this new aim is still in its infancy.
Contributions, which address the health and restoration related aspects in theory and practice and examples of implementation at national, regional or community level are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sound and quality of life
  • sound and restoration
  • health benefits of quiet areas
  • health benefits of soundscapes
  • quiet area implementation
  • soundscape implementation
  • quiet area policy approaches

Published Papers (9 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(7), 2741-2759; doi:10.3390/ijerph10072741
Received: 18 March 2013; in revised form: 20 June 2013 / Accepted: 24 June 2013 / Published: 3 July 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(6), 2348-2369; doi:10.3390/ijerph10062348
Received: 3 March 2013; in revised form: 17 April 2013 / Accepted: 28 May 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(6), 2258-2270; doi:10.3390/ijerph10062258
Received: 24 February 2013; in revised form: 7 May 2013 / Accepted: 20 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(5), 1681-1697; doi:10.3390/ijerph10051681
Received: 25 February 2013; in revised form: 9 April 2013 / Accepted: 16 April 2013 / Published: 26 April 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1439-1461; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041439
Received: 11 February 2013; in revised form: 19 March 2013 / Accepted: 21 March 2013 / Published: 8 April 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1284-1303; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041284
Received: 5 February 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 19 March 2013 / Published: 27 March 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(12), 4292-4310; doi:10.3390/ijerph9124292
Received: 16 October 2012; in revised form: 19 November 2012 / Accepted: 19 November 2012 / Published: 22 November 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(11), 3770-3788; doi:10.3390/ijerph9113770
Received: 16 July 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 2 October 2012 / Published: 24 October 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1030-1050; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041030
Received: 8 March 2012; in revised form: 15 March 2012 / Accepted: 19 March 2012 / Published: 23 March 2012
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Last update: 18 December 2012

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