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Measurement of Noise Pollution in Badajoz City, Spain

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A series of measurements of urban noise was made in Badajoz, an example of a medium-sized Spanish city (140 000 inhabitants). Six standard sound levels were measured at 35 points covering the entire city. To select these points, 5 categories were established to characterize the city streets. Measurements of 15 minutes duration were made during working hours, and others of one week duration to complete the determination of the temporal evolution of the sound levels. The internationally recommended threshold of 65 dBA for the equivalent sound level [1] was surpassed by 72.5% of the 15-minute duration measurements, therefore generally not showing compliance. The utility of the study is to show how the level of a city's noise pollution can be surveyed using a strategy of street categorization to select the sampling points.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2005

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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