Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.

Center

MAINE / Bar Harbor

Abstract

Soundscape research is becoming more important throughout the world as increases in population and technology have introduced damaging sounds into the environment. The objective of this project was to determine the baseline ambient sound levels within Acadia National Park in Maine and compare those levels to a similar 2005 study done by the Department of Transportation. This was accomplished by utilizing modern day technologies capable of recording decibel and frequency levels. Results revealed similar overall decibel averages when compared to those of 2005, but significantly larger percentile readings, possibly suggesting an increase in sound levels since 2005. Furthermore, this study’s redesigned methodology left room for future expansion that the Park or future research teams can use.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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