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Correction published on 18 March 2019, see Environments 2019, 6(3), 37.

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Noise Events Monitoring for Urban and Mobility Planning in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany

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GTM—Grup de recerca en Tecnologies Mèdia, La Salle—Universitat Ramon Llull, c/Quatre Camins, 30, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
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Observatori de la Sostenibilitat d’Andorra (OBSA), AD600 Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra
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Andorra Innovation Hub, Actua Innovació, AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
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Environments 2019, 6(2), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6020024
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 17 February 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 22 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Solutions Mitigating Environmental Noise Pollution)
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Abstract

Noise pollution is a critical factor and it has an important impact on public health, with the relationship between road traffic noise (RTN) and several illnesses in urban areas of particular concern. Andorra is currently developing a national strategy regarding noise pollution in their urban environments. The Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability is trying to to identify, monitor, map and model the effects of noise pollution and design mitigation policies to reduce the impact in certain priority areas. This analysis should take into account the existence of different types of anomalous noise events (ANEs) present in the street, e.g., horns, people talking, music, and other events that coexist with RTN, to characterize the soundscape of each of the locations. This paper presents a preliminary analysis considering both the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and the duration of the ANEs to evaluate their presence in urban areas in the three different locations in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. The experiments conducted required a 10-h recording campaign distributed in the three locations under study, which was evaluated on two different days, one during the week and the other on the weekend. Afterwards, the data were carefully labeled and the SNR of each event was evaluated to determine the potential impact of the four categories under study: vehicles, works, city life and people. View Full-Text
Keywords: noise monitoring; anomalous noise event; road traffic noise; recording campaign; signal to noise ratio; urban soundscape noise monitoring; anomalous noise event; road traffic noise; recording campaign; signal to noise ratio; urban soundscape
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Alsina-Pagès, R.M.; Garcia Almazán, R.; Vilella, M.; Pons, M. Noise Events Monitoring for Urban and Mobility Planning in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. Environments 2019, 6, 24.

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