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Effects of Changed Aircraft Noise Exposure on Experiential Qualities of Outdoor Recreational Areas

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Department of Air Pollution and Noise, Division of Environmental Health, 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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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(10), 3739-3759; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7103739
Received: 15 September 2010 / Revised: 6 October 2010 / Accepted: 15 October 2010 / Published: 20 October 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Noise and Quality of Life)
The literature indicates that sound and visual stimuli interact in the impression of landscapes. This paper examines the relationship between annoyance with sound from aircraft and annoyance with other area problems (e.g., careless bicycle riding, crowding, etc.), and how changes in noise exposure influence the perceived overall recreational quality of outdoor recreational areas. A panel study (telephone interviews) conducted before and after the relocation of Norway’s main airport in 1998 examined effects of decreased or increased noise exposure in nearby recreational areas (n = 591/455). Sound from aircraft annoyed the largest proportion of recreationists, except near the old airport after the change. The decrease in annoyance with sound from aircraft was accompanied by significant decreases in annoyance with most of the other area problems. Near the new airport annoyance with most factors beside sound from aircraft increased slightly, but not significantly. A relationship between aircraft noise annoyance and perceived overall recreational quality of the areas was found. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft noise; annoyance; area problems; panel study; outdoor recreation; experiential effects; telephone survey aircraft noise; annoyance; area problems; panel study; outdoor recreation; experiential effects; telephone survey
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Krog, N.H.; Engdahl, B.; Tambs, K. Effects of Changed Aircraft Noise Exposure on Experiential Qualities of Outdoor Recreational Areas. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 3739-3759.

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