Indicators of Environmental Noise

  • David M. Lipscomb
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 1)


Noise in the environment is not an altogether new area for consideration. As noted above, scriptural references are available that provide insight into the presence of noise as a topic of note several hundred years ago. In addition, great world literature has known occasional references to annoying sound levels such as the invective of the Roman poet Horace (Epist. ii. 2) against “the squealing of the filthy sow and the barking of the mad bitch” — two environmental sounds that he would like to have eliminated. The 18th century philosopher Schopenhauer castigated the “infernal cracking of whips in the narrow resounding streets of the town...” and went on to suggest that such sounds, “... must be denounced as the most unwarrantable and disgraceful of all noises.”9 5 Thus appeared an early denunciation of traffic noise.


Environmental Noise Noise Exposure Impulse Noise Traffic Noise Aircraft Noise 
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  1. 1.Noise Study LaboratoryUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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