LONG-TERM NOISE MEASUREMENTS AND HARMONICA INDEX AS A WAY OF RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT TRAFFIC NOISE IN THE CITY OF NIŠ

Momir Praščević, Darko Mihajlov, Dragan Cvetkovic, Aleksandar Gajicki

DOI Number
10.22190/FUWLEP1701041P
First page
041
Last page
051

Abstract


Environmental noise level monitoring in Serbia is performed in several cities and it is pursuant to the Law on Environmental Noise Protection and the accompanying regulations. Although these regulations are in accordance with the national standards, the methodology of noise monitoring varies in different cities. The issues which differ include the following: the number of measurement spots, the number of daily, weekly, and monthly measurement intervals, the duration of measurement intervals, measurement parameters and noise indicators used for noise evaluation. Different measurement procedures are the consequence of diverse city configurations, traffic structure, traffic flow, locations of noise-sensitive objects, as well as diverse contribution of noise sources. The road traffic noise level monitoring in the City of Nis has been organized from 1995 until today based on short-term measurements. The values of noise indicators are calculated based on these short-term measurements. The two newly purchased noise monitoring terminals by the Noise and Vibration Laboratory of the Faculty of Occupational Safety in Nis, enabled the long-term noise measurements. The procedure of permanent and semi-permanent road traffic noise measurements at eight locations in the City of Nis has been carried out since January 1, 2014. The results of long-term road traffic noise measurements at the main streets of Niš city are presented in this paper as well as the possibility of their presentation in the sense of the Harmonica index.

Keywords

environmental noise, road traffic noise, long-term measurement, HARMONICA index

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