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Response to noise from modern wind farms in The Netherlands
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Biological and Environmental Systems (BLESS).
University of Groningen and GGD Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen.
University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen.
2009 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 126, no 2, p. 634-643Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The increasing number and size of wind farms call for more data on human response to wind turbine noise, so that a generalized dose-response relationship can be modeled and possible adverse health effects avoided. This paper reports the results of a 2007 field study in The Netherlands with 725 respondents. A dose-response relationship between calculated A-weighted sound pressure levels and reported perception and annoyance was found. Wind turbine noise was more annoying than transportation noise or industrial noise at comparable levels, possibly due to specific sound properties such as a "swishing" quality, temporal variability, and lack of nighttime abatement. High turbine visibility enhances negative response, and having wind turbines visible from the dwelling significantly increased the risk of annoyance. Annoyance was strongly correlated with a negative attitude toward the visual impact of wind turbines on the landscape. The study further demonstrates that people who benefit economically from wind turbines have a significantly decreased risk of annoyance, despite exposure to similar sound levels. Response to wind turbine noise was similar to that found in Sweden so the dose-response relationship should be generalizable.

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New York: Acoustical Society of America (ASA), 2009. Vol. 126, no 2, p. 634-643
Keywords [en]
Acoustic intensity, Acoustic noise, Wind turbines, Noise pollution
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2893DOI: 10.1121/1.3160293ISI: 000269006800015PubMedID: 19640029Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349787359Local ID: 2082/3295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2893DiVA, id: diva2:240111
Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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