Traffic Noise Level Maps for the City of Konya Produced Using GPS Supported GIS Technologies

Mehmet Emin AYDIN, Özşen ÇORUMOĞLU, Sezen SARI, Senar ÖZCAN

Abstract


Traffic noise has important share in overall noise pollution in residential areas. Traffic noise
is caused by vehicles on roads and railway. Air traffic also causes considerable noise. Noise levels due to
the traffic on roads could exceed admissible levels especially in densely populated residential areas. In
this study, vehicle traffic noises were measured at 90 different measurement points determined on main
streets, where mass of traffic flow is present, in the morning hours between 07.30 and 08.30 and noon
hours between 12.00 and 13.30 and evening hours between 17.00 and 18.30. In addition, 30 m and 60 m
away from streets noise levels at points were also measured. Thus, noise level changes as going away
from streets were determined. Obtained spatial and noise values at the points by Magellan GPS receiver
and CEL 368 noise measurement device, respectively were then entered GIS environment by using
ArcView GIS software to represent distribution of noise levels along Konya’s streets. A digital platform
was established regarding spatial data and noise levels. As a result of this work traffic noise levels maps
of Konya were established at the investigated streets.


Keywords


Traffic noise levels; GIS; GPS; Konya.

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