Noise is one of the most unrecognized forms of environmental pollution, and can be especially divisive in that it often increases as a result of activities associated with economic growth. A booming economy comes with increased air and vehicle travel, industry can increase noise levels in a neighborhood; even many recreational activities like powerboats and snowmobiling can result in increased noise pollution. Like air pollution, noise pollution is often an indirect consequence of valued economic and social activity; however, unlike air pollution there are few legal thresholds and guidelines to regulate noise.
The impacts of noise pollution on people and wildlife are also understudied, leaving large knowledge gaps when communities try and address noise issues. This session will cover the methods and metrics that are used to measure noise pollution, and the legal thresholds and criteria related to noise.
We will also present some of the known impacts of different types of noise pollution on people and wildlife (and spend some time on those knowledge gaps too!). We will present three local case studies from both urban and rural areas in Washington State where communities are working to try and measure noise pollution and mitigate noise impacts.
For more information: Instructor's website https://laurenkuehne.wordpress.com/ Presentation on passive Acoustic Monitoring for Forest Ecosystems, DNR Science Conference April 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dss40uP9npo