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Health effects of noise

Good practice guide on noise exposure and potential health effects

This document presents current knowledge about the health effects of noise. The emphasis is first of all to provide end users with practical and validated tools to calculate health impacts of noise in all kinds of strategic noise studies such as the action plans required by the Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) (END) or any environmental impact statements. The basis of this is a number of recent reviews carried out by well known institutions like WHO, National Health and Environment departments and professional organisations. 

Strategic noise Maps

Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe (NOISE)

NOISE is the Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe maintained by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Topic Centre on Spatial Information and Analysis (ETC-SIA, previously ETC-LUSI) on behalf of the European Commission. It contains data related to strategic noise maps delivered in accordance with European Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. You can acces on

Good Practice Guide for Strategic Noise Mapping and the Production of Associated Data on Noise Exposure (v2 13-Aug-2007)

This Guide is helpful for production of strategic noise mapping (END). It provides advice on specific issues relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. You can acces on

Good Practice Guide on Port Area Noise Mapping and Management (and Technical Annex)

This Good Practice Guide on Port Area Noise Mapping and Management provides guidance and examples of best practice on noise management in ports, but also for other industrial areas. The six steps involved take into consideration the geographical situation and future developments, inventory of noise sources, noise modelling, noise mapping and action planning. These lead to the final step of ongoing noise management.


Methods to predict environmental noise levels

Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU)

CNOSSOS-EU vAugust-2012

CNOSSOS‐EU is the common methodological framework for strategic noise mapping under the Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC). The report closes the development phase (or phase A) of the CNOSSOS‐EU process (2010‐2012) and represents the technical basis for the amendment of Annex II of the Directive, in connection with the implementation phase (or phase B) of CNOSSOS‐EU (2012‐2015). The ultimate goal is to have the common noise assessment methodology operational for the next round of strategic noise mapping in the European Union, foreseen for 2017. It has been developed for noise mapping of road traffic, railway traffic, aircraft and industrial noise.

French national computational method

1 - Calculating sound emissions from road traffic

This document updateds emission calculation methods published in 1981 (Guide du Bruit 1980). You can also access on

2 - Noise propagation computation method including meteorological effects (NMPB 2008)

The new version of the noise prediction method, ‘NMPB 2008’, is the calculation method dealing with the propagation of sound emissions that updates the 1996 version. The method published in 1996 was already an attempt at a compromise between accuracy, calculation time and data collection efforts. It was also adopted as a reference method to be used under Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise in anticipation of the harmonised European method CNOSSOS-EU. It has been used in the first round of Strategic Noise Maps and it is probably also going to be used in the second one. You can also access on


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