02 Dec '11, 11am

Noise levels across Europe now mapped by new EEA application

Noise levels can drastically affect quality of life. High levels of noise can cause heart disease, cognitive problems and tinnitus, while prolonged exposure to even low levels of noise can trigger hypertension and disrupt sleep. At least 100 million European citizens are exposed to damaging levels of noise from major roads alone. NoiseWatch adds a new layer to Eye on Earth, which already includes WaterWatch, displaying information on bathing water quality, and AirWatch, which shows near-real time information on air quality. NoiseWatch will be based on data from 164 European cities. An important aspect of Eye on Earth is that it combines official data with ‘crowd sourcing’ – allowing the public to upload their own observations and information – and the NoiseWatch application is no different. The EEA is also launching the NoiseMeter app for phones and other devices running A...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/noise-levels-across-e...

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