Noise Mapping of an Educational Environment: A Case Study at South Dakota State University.

Authors: Sujan Parajuli*, South Dakota State University, Jamie E.L Spinney, South Dakota State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: noise mapping; sound mapping; soundscape; GIS; noise pollution
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Noise, or unwanted (mostly human-caused) sound, is a type of pollution that has both direct and indirect negative impacts on humans, with significant implications for public health and well-being. Mapping the acoustic landscape (i.e., soundscape) using noise and sound provides important insights for evaluating and interpreting environmental noise. This research project aims to collect, compile, analyze, interpret, and visualize the soundscape of South Dakota State University’s campus. GIS was used to develop maps for both noise and sound to investigate spatial and temporal patterns. The results helped to identify problem areas and propose possible solutions, which were of considerable interest to the campus community in general and campus planners in particular. The results also helped to raise awareness of the social, economic, environmental, and public health implications of noise pollution.

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