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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 120, Issue 1–3, pp 499–525 | Cite as

Evaluation of Traffic Noise Pollution in Amman, Jordan

  • Ahmad Jamrah
  • Abbas Al-Omari
  • Reem Sharabi
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Abstract

The City of Amman, Jordan, has been subjected to persistent increase in road traffic due to overall increase in prosperity, fast development and expansion of economy, travel and tourism. This study investigates traffic noise pollution in Amman. Road traffic noise index L 10(1 h) was measured at 28 locations that cover most of the City of Amman. Noise measurements were carried out at these 28 locations two times a day for a period of one hour during the early morning and early evening rush hours, in the presence and absence of a barrier. The Calculation of Road Traffic Noise (CRTN) prediction model was employed to predict noise levels at the locations chosen for the study. Data required for the model include traffic volume, speed, percentage of heavy vehicles, road surface, gradient, obstructions, distance, noise path, intervening ground, effect of shielding, and angle of view. The results of the investigation showed that the minimum and the maximum noise levels are 46 dB(A) and 81 dB(A) during day-time and 58 dB(A) and 71 dB(A) during night-time. The measured noise level exceeded the 62 dB(A) acceptable limit at most of the locations. The CTRN prediction model was successful in predicting noise levels at most of the locations chosen for this investigation, with more accurate predictions for night-time measurements.

Keywords

noise pollution road traffic noise CRTN prediction model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of JordanAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Water and Environment Research and Study CenterUniversity of JordanAmmanJordan

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