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Trees and Acoustics in Urban Areas

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Noise is propagated mainly in the lower atmosphere, where refraction of the wave front is controlled by the temperature and wind profiles. The level of noise is determined primarily by spherical spreading and refraction; surface properties play limited roles. Barriers in general fail at night because of refraction over the barrier and into the "protected" space. However, trees and shrubs, particularly when used with land forms and structures, can play a significant physical role in noise control in suburban and rural areas.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Meteorology, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

Publication date: 1974-08-01

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