Communicating airport noise emission data to the general public

Sci Total Environ. 2017 May 15;586:836-848. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.063. Epub 2017 Feb 14.


Despite the efforts that the aviation industry has undertaken during the last few decades, noise annoyance remains high, partly because of the continuous transport demands of modern societies and partly because of changes in citizen expectations and their growing environmental concerns. Although modern aircraft are considerably quieter than their predecessors, the number of complaints has not decreased as much as expected. Therefore, the aeronautical sector has tried more sociological and/or psychological strategies to gain acceptance through awareness and community engagement. In this regard, noise communication to the public is crucial for managers and policy makers. Noise information is a difficult technical topic for non-experts, which is an issue that must first be addressed to take advantage of the new possibilities that have recently been opened by the internet and information and communication technologies. In this review paper, we have compiled the literature that shows the increasing importance of communicating noise information from aircraft and the variety of indicators used to communicate with the public. We also examined the methods of representing noise data, using visualization strategies, and new tools airports are currently using to address this communication problem.

Keywords: Airport noise; Aviation noise; Awareness; Community engagement; Environmental noise; Noise annoyance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aircraft
  • Airports*
  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Noise, Transportation*