Modelling of intra-urban variability of prevailing ambient noise at different temporal resolution

M.S. Alam, Lucy Corcoran, Eoin A. King, A. McNabola, Francesco Pilla

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The impact of temporal aspects of noise data on model development and intraurban variability on environmental noise levels are often ignored in the development of models used to predict its spatiotemporal variation within a city. Using a Land Use Regression approach,this study develops a framework which uses routine noisemonitors to model the prevailing ambient noise, and to develop a noise variability map showing the variation within a city caused by land-use setting. The impact of data resolution on model development and the impact of meteorological variables on the noise level which are often ignored were also assessed. Six models were developed based on monthly, daily and hourly resolutions of both the noise and predictor data. Cross validation highlighted that only the hourly resolution model having 59% explanatory power of the observed data (adjusted R2) and a potential of explaining at least 0.47% variation of any independent dataset (cross validation R2), was a suitable candidate among all the developed models for explaining intraurban variability of noise. In the hourly model, regions with roads of high traffic volumes, with higher concentrations of heavy goods vehicles,and being close to activity centres were found to have more impact on the prevailing ambient noise. Road lengths were found to be the most influential predictors and identified as having an impact on the ambient noise monitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-44
Number of pages24
JournalNoise Mapping
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2017


  • Environmental noise
  • Land use regression
  • Noise exposure
  • Spatial variation


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