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STRATEGIC NOISE MAPPING FOR AGGLOMERATIONS IN GREECE
 

The Environmental Noise Directive (END) 2002/49/EC, was transposed into Greek legislation by Ministerial Decision 13586/724 (Official Gazette 384/Β/28.3.2006) on Measures, Conditions and Methods for the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise.

The transport noise indicators and limit values in Greece, which are set out in the Ministerial Decision 211773/2012 (Official Gazette 367/Β΄/27.4.2012) (on the setting of indicators and maximum permitted levels of environmental noise from the operation of transportation projects, technical specifications for the acoustic studies for the calculation and installation of noise barriers, specifications for environmental noise monitoring programmes and other provisions), are:
•    Lden (24 hr)
•    Lnight (8 hr)

As noise limits for these indicators, the following are set at 2 metres from the building façade :
•    For Lden (24 hr): 70 dB (A)
•    For Lnight (8 hr): 60 dB (A)

These limits are applicable for all inhabited areas where there are established planning limits and regulations.

According to the Environmental Noise Directive, between the years 2013 – 2015, 17 Strategic Noise Maps (SNMs) & relevant Noise Action Plans (NAPs) were developed  for 17 agglomerations, covered 13 cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patras, Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Hania, Ioannina, Serres, Corfu, Agrinio and Kavala). There are more SNMs than cities due to administrative reasons (i.e. Athens area has more than one SNM etc.). Furthermore, the SNM of Athens Center covers the area of Municipality of Athens plus the adjacent Filothei & Psychiko Municipality.

The SNMs were developed on the basis of a multidisciplinary methodology taking into account simultaneously real time acoustic measurements and software prediction results and for some of them even with a feedback from an interview programme with inhabitants on the issue of acoustic comfort.
All SNMs were produced using acoustic prediction software and using detailed 3D models. In parallel, a full 24 hr noise measurements monitoring program was executed.

 

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