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A Taxonomy Proposal for the Assessment of the Changes in Soundscape Resulting from the COVID-19 Lockdown

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Instrumentation and Applied Acoustics Research group (I2A2), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28031 Madrid, Spain
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UMRAE, Univ Gustave Eiffel, IFSTTAR, CEREMA, 44340 Bouguenais, France
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Institute for Highway Engineering and Transport Planning, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, Laboratory for Acoustics/Noise Control, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
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ETIS Laboratory, UMR 8051, CY Cergy Paris University, ENSEA, CNRS, F-95302 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
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Bruitparif, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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Acoucite, Observatoire de l’environnement sonore de la Métropole de Lyon, 69007 Lyon, France
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Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region, Pisa Department, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4205; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124205
Received: 16 May 2020 / Revised: 4 June 2020 / Accepted: 5 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Indicators for the Assessment and Prevention of Noise Nuisance)
Many countries around the world have chosen lockdown and restrictions on people’s mobility as the main strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions have significantly affected environmental noise and modified urban soundscapes, opening up an unprecedented opportunity for research in the field. In order to enable these investigations to be carried out in a more harmonized and consistent manner, this paper makes a proposal for a set of indicators that will enable to address the challenge from a number of different approaches. It proposes a minimum set of basic energetic indicators, and the taxonomy that will allow their communication and reporting. In addition, an extended set of descriptors is outlined which better enables the application of more novel approaches to the evaluation of the effect of this new soundscape on people’s subjective perception. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; noise; soundscape; metrics; indicators; descriptors; sound; lockdown COVID-19; noise; soundscape; metrics; indicators; descriptors; sound; lockdown
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Asensio, C.; Aumond, P.; Can, A.; Gascó, L.; Lercher, P.; Wunderli, J.-M.; Lavandier, C.; de Arcas, G.; Ribeiro, C.; Muñoz, P.; Licitra, G. A Taxonomy Proposal for the Assessment of the Changes in Soundscape Resulting from the COVID-19 Lockdown. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4205.

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