|The tuning of noise pollution with respect to the expertise of people’s mind
Harmonization of indicators, noise mapping and action plans deliver basic administrative information not only for noise abatement in highly noise polluted areas but also for comparisons across European countries. However, such activities do not provide any tools or essential knowledge for more demanding tasks which are required for the design and planning of sustainable environments which are supportive to wellbeing and health.
Without the knowledge of the determining factors behind the dose-response curves the decision process for the development of “action plans” is narrowed down. Furthermore, optional courses of action to handle the noise problem cannot be sufficiently considered. Therefore, there is the need for an approach which involves diverse fields of practice and diverse interdisciplinary interests related to people’s expertise in the respected areas. The multidimensional Soundscape approach puts emphasis on the way the acoustic environment is perceived and understood by the individual and by society (ISO /TC 43/SC 1/WG 54). The implementation of the Soundscape approach accounts for people’s concerns and integrates the noise-exposed people as local experts.
Currently, the Soundscape approach and its further development have been supported by many studies. Moreover, there is the European COST Action TD 0804 which creates a network among European Soundscaping by integrating Soundscape experts from all over the world. The ISO/TC 43/SC 1/WG 54 has started to work on finding definitions which refer to evaluation procedures. Soundscape has been moving ahead in city planning and has been collaborating with the “new experts”.