Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability

Environmental noise and health

There is growing awareness that noise is an important public health issue. While impacts on quality of life and sleep are well-recognised, a growing evidence base suggests that transport noise can adversely impact cardiovascular and metabolic health.

The aim of this project is to improve population noise exposure assessment, strengthen the evidence base for health effects from noise and to better understand inequalities in exposure and effects on health. The objectives are to: 

  1. improve the evidence base on noise and health by new/updated meta-analyses e.g. for ischaemic heart disease and for dementia. 
  2. conduct epidemiological analyses of transport noise and health outcomes to strengthen the evidence base, including assessment of different and newer noise exposure metrics. 
  3. establish a methodology for the noise characterisation of urban green and open space, suitable for use in epidemiological studies. 

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