Determination of noise pollution on university campuses: a case study at Çukurova University campus in Turkey

  • Deniz Çolakkadıoğlu
  • Muzaffer Yücel
  • Barış Kahveci
  • Özüm Aydınol


The aims of this study are to identify via harnessing noise mapping the effects of noise pollution at Çukurova University campus on the academic setting and to reveal the obtained change values in noise pollution on the campus during the period 2010–2017. In line with these aims, the first step has been to map the highway-induced environmental noise on Çukurova University campus during daytime (07:00–19:00) and evening (19:00–23:00) hours by employing SoundPLAN 7.3 software. Traffic-induced noise distribution maps for years 2010 and 2017 on the campus were analyzed by threshold values stipulated by the Regulation on Environmental Noise Assessment and Management that is compliance with the European Union Directive on Environmental Noise (2002/49/EC) and after the conducted analyses, traffic-induced environmental noise measured on Çukurova University campus since the past to that date was identified in terms of spatial change. The Regulation defines threshold values, namely, (1) 65 dB(A) for daytime from 07:01 to 19:00, (2) 60 dB(A) for evening—from 19:01 to 23:00, (3) 55 dB(A) for night time—from 23:01 to 07:00. It was then identified in the research area that faculty buildings of Science and Letters, Engineering, Architecture, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Dentistry, Faculty of Law, and Communication devoid of any vegetation space to set a barrier between emission-source highway and front walls of buildings facing the roadside were the structures most severely exposed to the noise. In the research area, the comparison of year 2017 noise distribution with respect to year 2010 manifested that the regions exposed to noise value 35 dB(A) and below, 35–45 dB(A), and 45–55 dB(A) levels decreased while a proportional increase was detected in regions exposed to 60 dB(A) noise value that is close to the legal threshold value and noise level above 65 dB(A).


Çukurova University campus Noise mapping Noise pollution Road traffic noise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deniz Çolakkadıoğlu
    • 1
  • Muzaffer Yücel
    • 1
  • Barış Kahveci
    • 1
  • Özüm Aydınol
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Natural and Applied SciencesUniversity of ÇukurovaAdanaTurkey

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