Noise in Quiet Areas

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The European Commission has adopted a Directive relating to the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise (EU, 2002). Member States, including Ireland, are required to implement the Directive and to adopt action plans to meet its objective. The purpose of the directive is to protect the quality of our acoustic environment, control and manage environmental noise in built-up areas, in public parks or other acoustically valued soundscapes (Quiet Areas) in an agglomeration and in Quiet Areas in open country.
Establishing the location and determining the quality of Quiet Areas is the first step towards implementation of this directive. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in association with SWS Environmental Services developed this research project to meet the requirements of this directive. The primary aim of the project is to establish baseline data for Quiet Areas in Ireland.
This task was undertaken through an extensive environmental noise monitoring programme undertaken throughout Ireland over an 18-month period. The project developed criteria for identifying Quiet Areas and delivered reliable, objective and comparable information on the acoustical environment in Ireland. The monitored data provided the basis for developing methodologies for soundscape mapping, assessing the quality of the acoustic environment in Quiet Areas in Ireland and established comprehensive environmental quality objectives (EQOs) and environmental quality standards (EQSs) for Quiet Areas.

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Declan Waugh
SWS Environmental Services

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Att 1    waughreport-for_printing.pdf   (11.58 Mb)
Att 2    Internoise_Paper_683.pdf   (1.69 Mb)
Att 3    EPA_Quiet_Areas_Main_Final_Report__09_09_03_.pdf   (38.31 Mb)

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Author(s)Waugh, D.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationNoise in Quiet Areas
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2023-05-30

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Resource KeywordsNoise Quiet Areas
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2000-MS-14-M1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeNot Applicable
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 3
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st January 2003 (01-01-2003)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 31st December 2003 (31-12-2003)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 31st December 2003 (31-12-2003)
Published on SAFERFriday 31st August 2012 (31-08-2012)
Date of Last EditFriday 31st August 2012 at 15:03:05 (31-08-2012)
Datasets or Files Updated On Friday 31st August 2012 at 14:58:22 (31-08-2012)

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Research project funded through EPA ERTDI Programme
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Fifteen large area sites were selected around the country spreading across 17 counties. The selected sites were considered representative of the landscape types containing the necessary elements and features that can be found in quiet rural areas throughout Ireland. The combination of landscape elements includes topography, land cover, habitat type, historic landscapes, lake and seashore. Monitoring was conducted at each location on four separate occasions over the project period.
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