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Noise, especially traffic noise, is an environmental nuisance and a health hazard for those affected. Although the main aspects and interrelationships of the effects of noise have now been clarified, many important questions remain unanswered, particularly with regard to interactions with other environmental factors and the living conditions of those affected. At the same time, there are many approaches to noise abatement, which, however, are not sufficient in view of progressive noise exposure.
The “Initiative Lärmwirkungsforschung” (Noise Impact Research Initiative), which developed from the "Leiser Verkehr” (Quiet Traffic) research network, has the goal to establish an interdisciplinary research network program to close these knowledge gaps. The focus is on developing and establishing a system and method platform that will provide practicable, verified methods for all target groups, including legislation, the executive branch, noise authorities and those affected by noise. The aim is to characterize local exposure in detail, to record and understand its effects holistically, and to derive scientific bases for regulatory policy and spatial and environmental planning decisions. The goal is to develop socially just and efficient noise abatement planning and thus to design a healthy living environment, especially in densely populated living spaces.
The background and goals of the Noise Impact Research Initiative are explained in detail here in a leaflet (in German). The initiative group is currently preparing a detailed outline of the basic strategic research goals and derives concrete research contents including time planning and suitable organizational structures. Suggestions for relevant research questions can be sent to Susanne Bartels. A first exchange with stakeholders from politics, administration, society and research took place in the context of an online seminar on 27.04.2021 (see below: Events). Further events are to follow.
Members of the “Initiative Lärmwirkungsforschung” (Noise Impact Research Initiative) are:
Online seminar on the 'Day against Noise'
On April 27, 2021, one day before the international day against noise, an online seminar was held to present the goals and work priorities of the initiative and to set the starting point for an interactive exchange with representatives from politics, administration, society and experts.
Here you can download the program of the online seminar as well as the presentations (in German):
Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Jens Jordan (DLR, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne)
Noise protection planning from the point of view of a public health department
Roland Quentmeier (District of Unna, Health and Consumer Protection)
Noise effects: multiple causes and open needs - overview of the initiative
Dr. Dirk Schreckenberg (Center for Applied Psychology, Environmental and Social Research Hagen, ZEUS GmbH)
Assessment of environmental noise - requirements for up-to-date and appropriate assessment methods
Dr. Ullrich Isermann (DLR, Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, Göttingen)
Effects of environmental noise - recent research approaches
Dr. Susanne Bartels (DLR, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne)
Interventions against environmental noise - planning and economic considerations
Prof. Dr. Heike Köckler (University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, hsg)
Discussion on the research approach
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Rainer Guski (Ruhr University Bochum, RUB)