Improving Public Understanding of the Effects of Aircraft Noise

Impact: Economic impacts, Technological impacts, Environmental impacts

Narrative

Research undertaken at the University of Manchester (UoM) considers the association between
aircraft noise, human health and everyday life. In partnership with an eminent Japanese acoustic
scientist, the issue of noise emanating out of the Kadena US airbase (Okinawa Island) and Tokyo
Narita Airport was addressed through the creation of an innovative exhibition. The key impact is
that local government officials in Japan used the exhibition to enhance their own and citizen
groups’ understanding of acoustic science. This has helped to breach a long-standing impasse in
negotiations over aircraft noise, involving citizens, local authorities, the military and the private
sector. In addition, the research has been utilised by the makers of a leading sound-monitoring
device (Nittobo), and the multimedia exhibition has been displayed and discussed outside Japan.

Category of impact

  • Economic impacts
  • Technological impacts
  • Environmental impacts
Date
2014

Related information

Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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