Difference between Using 2 and 4 Meter Receiver Height in Railway Noise Prediction

  • M. Ögren
  • T. Jerson
  • E. Öhrström
  • A. Gidlöf Gunnarsson
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 118)


In the Nordic countries, a receiver height of 2 m has often been used when calculating noise levels over large areas for socio-acoustic surveys, but within the EU 4 m is used. Here, results are presented for railway noise calculations at both heights in 1459 points across several areas in Sweden. The average difference in equivalent level is 2.5 dB higher at 4 m height than at 2 m, which in turn leads to 10 % – 40 % less predicted annoyance if the exposure is calculated at 4 m.


Street Canyon Equivalent Level Ground Effect Receiver Position Noise Mapping 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ögren
    • 1
  • T. Jerson
    • 2
  • E. Öhrström
    • 3
  • A. Gidlöf Gunnarsson
    • 3
  1. 1.VTI the Swedish National Road and Transport Research InstituteGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.WSP AcousticsGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Sahlgrenska AcademyThe University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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