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dc.contributor.authorAlves, J. A.por
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Lígia Torrespor
dc.contributor.authorRemoaldo, Paula Cristina Almeidapor
dc.identifier.citationAlves J. A., Silva L. T., Remoaldo P. C. The Influence of Low-Frequency Noise Pollution on the Quality of Life and Place in Sustainable Cities: A Case Study from Northern Portugal, sustainability, pp. 13920-13946, doi:10.3390/su71013920, 2015por
dc.description.abstractDiscussing urban planning requires rethinking sustainability in cities and building healthy environments. Historically, some aspects of advancing the urban way of life have not been considered important in city planning. This is particularly the case where technological advances have led to conflicting land use, as with the installation of power poles and building electrical substations near residential areas. This research aims to discuss and rethink sustainability in cities, focusing on the environmental impact of low-frequency noise and electromagnetic radiation on human health. It presents data from a case study in an urban space in northern Portugal, and focuses on four guiding questions: Can power poles and power lines cause noise? Do power poles and power lines cause discomfort? Do power poles and power lines cause discomfort due to noise? Can power poles and power lines affect human health? To answer these questions, we undertook research between 2014 and 2015 that was comprised of two approaches. The first approach consisted of evaluating the noise of nine points divided into two groups â near the sourceâ (e.g., up to 50 m from power poles) and â away from the sourceâ (e.g., more than 250 m away from the source). In the second approach, noise levels were measured for 72 h in houses located up to 20 m from the source. The groups consist of residents living within the distance range specified for each group. The measurement values were compared with the proposed criteria for assessing low-frequency noise using the DEFRA Guidance (University of Salford). In the first approach, the noise caused discomfort, regardless of the group. In the second approach, the noise had fluctuating characteristics, which led us to conclude that the noise caused discomfort.por
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors wish to acknowledge CAPES/Brazil for the doctoral scholarship in Geography for Juliana Araujo Alves (Process: BEX-1684-13/2) and Bruno Ricardo Dias Goncalves Mendes (Ph.D. Student at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Minho) for the technical support in this research.por
dc.publisherMDPI AGpor
dc.subjectHuman well-beingpor
dc.subjectLow-frequency noisepor
dc.subjectNoise pollutionpor
dc.subjectPower polespor
dc.titleThe influence of low-frequency noise pollution on the quality of life and place in sustainable cities: a case study from northern Portugalpor
dc.subject.fosEngenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Civilpor
dc.subject.wosScience & Technologypor
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