Noise events monitoring for urban and mobility planning in Andorra la vella and escaldes-engordany

Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès, Robert Garcia Almazán, Marc Vilella, Marc Pons

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Noise pollution is a critical factor and it has an important impact on public health, with the relationship between road traffic noise (RTN) and several illnesses in urban areas of particular concern. Andorra is currently developing a national strategy regarding noise pollution in their urban environments. The Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability is trying to to identify, monitor, map and model the effects of noise pollution and design mitigation policies to reduce the impact in certain priority areas. This analysis should take into account the existence of different types of anomalous noise events (ANEs) present in the street, e.g., horns, people talking, music, and other events that coexist with RTN, to characterize the soundscape of each of the locations. This paper presents a preliminary analysis considering both the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) and the duration of the ANEs to evaluate their presence in urban areas in the three different locations in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. The experiments conducted required a 10-h recording campaign distributed in the three locations under study, which was evaluated on two different days, one during the week and the other on the weekend. Afterwards, the data were carefully labeled and the SNR of each event was evaluated to determine the potential impact of the four categories under study: vehicles, works, city life and people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalEnvironments - MDPI
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Anomalous noise event
  • Noise monitoring
  • Recording campaign
  • Road traffic noise
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • Urban soundscape


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