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Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe - NOISE


NOISE is a tool that allows consultation of the noise exposure data and noise contour maps reported by EU Member States and EEA member countries in accordance with the strategic noise maps required by the Environmental Noise Directive.

The map-viewer enables the user to locate in Europe the main noise sources at various scales of geographical representation; to look up noise exposure data for these sources; consult changes on noise exposure occuring between 2007 and 2012 in agglomerations and major airports and download the data corresponding to strategic noise maps as reported to the Commission and EEA. It also allows the visualisation of noise contour maps at country level or at a more detailed scale for those countries that provided them in a usable Shapefile format.

You will also find a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers that will hopefully assist your use of NOISE here.

Content of NOISE

NOISE application contains two main pieces of information:

  1. Noise exposure information with:

    • A map with its respective legend (in the “Legend” widget window) showing the noise exposure data relative to the noise source selected (for 2007 and for 2012).
      • In case a country is not displayed when selecting Major Roads or Major Railways information, that means that the information being delivered is not covering the complete set of noise sources expected (e.g. only information on noise exposure corresponding to lower thresholds was delivered, and therefore, the information is not comparable with the rest of Member States). For those Member States that this completeness information is not specified, it is assumed that the number of people exposed being reported covers the complete road and rail networks with the thresholds specified by the Environmental Noise Directive.
    • A graph (in the “Exposure statistics” widget window) showing the total number or percentage of people exposed to the different decibel bands by a noise source. The data relative to the map is indicated by a shadowed area on the graph. The graph is dependent upon the geographical scale selected in the bottom bar of the viewer.

      Information on noise exposure in the map is available from European to local scale. The “Statistics” widget window will only be uploaded or updated when a specific year, a particular noise source and a level of scale is selected from one of the menu boxes.

  2. Changes on noise exposure information with:

    • A map with its respective legend displaying changes on population exposure (total change and percentage of change) between 2007 and 2012 in agglomerations and for major airports.
    • A graph (in the “Exposure statistics” widget window) showing the total number of people exposed per noise band in 2007 and in 2012, and the overall difference.

      Information on changes on noise exposure information only considers those entities (agglomerations and major airports) having two reporting dates, 2007 and 2012. The rest of entities are shown as data on changes not available or not applicable depending on each specific case.

  3. Noise contour maps:

    • A local scale map which illustrates noise contours for Lden and Lnight, if provided by the country in a usable Shapefile format and with a correct geographic projection

The navigation tools enable panning and zooming in and out from European scale to a country or to a more detailed scale in both cases: when visualizing noise exposure information and also, noise contour maps. Whereas using the boxes in the bottom bar menu, the choices will guide the user towards a specific map view and scale.

It is not the intention of the current application to show noise contour maps at European level, they will only be shown at local level (for agglomerations and airports) and at national level (in the case of major roads and major railways noise contour maps) if the information is correctly provided.

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How do I get started to consult NOISE exposure data?

Diagram explaining NOISE viewer

How to proceed:

  • STEP 1: In order to visualise the noise exposure data in the viewer you should select “Noise exposure data” in the tab of the bottom bar of the viewer (by default, this information will be the one displayed).
  • STEP 2: Then, you should select the year to display noise exposure data (2007, 2012 or the changes 2007 — 2012).
  • STEP 3: You should also select a source from the “Noise source” widget window, located at the top right hand side of the screen. Next, you should select a noise indicator from the same tab (Lden and Lnight) and if you would like to consult "Total" or "Relative" values on people exposed to noise (European scale is the default display). In case you would like to consult changes 2007 - 2012, you will be able to select the noise indicator (Lden and Lnight) and the noise source inside agglomerations. Then you will be able to see in the map the total net change and the percentage of change of people exposed above 55 dB Lden or above above 50 dB Lnight.

    • It is only possible to visualise a single value on noise exposure data each time you make a selection, due to the manner in which data has been reported in accordance with the END.
  • STEP 4: In order to update the statistics displayed into a more detailed geographical scale (e.g. at country level), it will be necessary to select the country or the more detailed information from the boxes located at the bottom bar of the viewer. The zooming and panning functions will allow you to browse through the map, but the use of the navigation tools will not update the statistics displayed.

Once the 4 steps accomplished, the map, the exposure statistics widget window and the legend widget window will be uploaded (or updated) with the selected information.

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Please note:

  • Noise exposure data is shown in the map at European, national and local level.
  • Exposure to Major Roads and to Major Railways can be only detailed at national level, considering the requirements of the END and how the information is provided.
  • Statistical information referring to local noise sources (i.e. agglomeration or major airport) can be consulted by selecting a single entity from the box "More detailed information" at the bottom bar. You can always go back to the national scale by selecting "Back to country level".
  • Due to the way in which noise exposure data has been reported, it is not yet possible to view figures for the overall noise impact from all sources combined.
  • Links to national noise maps and map-viewers can be accessed here. Responsibility for the maintenance of the web sites provided rests with the member states and member countries.

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How do I get started to consult Noise contour maps?

Diagram explaining countour maps interaction

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How to proceed:

  • STEP 1: In order to visualise the noise contour maps in the viewer you should select "Noise contour maps" in the tab of the bottom bar of the viewer (by default, the information on noise exposure data will be the one displayed).
  • STEP 2: Then, you should select the year to display noise contour maps (2007 or 2012).
  • STEP 3:Then, you should select a country from the list available in the box located at the bottom bar of the viewer
  • STEP 4: In the "Noise contour maps" widget window, the available noise contours for the country you previously selected will be listed. Select from the list the one that you would like to visualise and the viewer will directly zoom into the information provided by the country.
    • Noise contour maps for Major Roads and Major Railways will be displayed at national level while noise contour maps for agglomerations and Major Airports will be displayed at agglomeration level and airport level respectively.

Please note that the "Print" and "Noise exposure statistics" functions are not available in the case of noise contour maps (you can visualise them but the result will not be meaningful).

More Information Functionality

This functionality is composed by:

What's new?

This section contains the latest updates of data and functionalities of NOISE.

Download noise exposure data:

This section provides access to a folder in Eionet Forum where it is possible to download the following data delivered by the member states up to 30th Juny 2015.

  • Summary of noise exposure data in Microsoft-EXCEL format, quality checked by ETC-ACM, for 2007 and for 2012.
  • Complete database in Microsoft-ACCESS format which includes all dataflows delivered up to 30th of June 2015.
  • Summary of limit values in force and under preparation in Microsoft-EXCEL, as reported by member states until 12th of December 2006.

Noise viewers at national and local scale:

In this section, there is the possibility to download a complete list of noise viewers at national and local scale delivered by the Member States according to the reporting obligations and dataflows specified by the END.

Links contained in the list have been compiled from the information made available by the Member States corresponding to the Strategic Noise Maps deliverable in 2007, and it is their responsibility to maintain the reported web sites and provide the EC and EEA with the most updated information on noise viewers.

Other links:

In this section, several links to other web pages containing noise information are provided.

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Please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have regarding NOISE, via E-mail or telephone at +34 93 581 3546.
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