Faculty Advisor

Addison, William A.

Abstract

The Environmental Quality board (EQB) of Puerto Rico is currently monitoring sound levels throughout randomly selected areas of San Juan using the Norsonic-121 Sound analyzer. In order to improve the quality of life for the citizens of San Juan, the EQB collected sound levels to assess those areas where sound becomes an issue of noise pollution. This project proposal presents research about noise pollution, as well as the throughout San Juan and Local opinions on the issue. Noise complaints and residential surveys regarding noise were analyzed as a first step in understanding how some people of San Juan feel about the issue. Use of the Norsonic-121 provided the actual sound level data that could then be quantitatively analyzed for noise pollution. A sound profile was then constructed from all monitored sites to represent the sound level pattern of San Juan. Once the profile is completed by the EQB, it will be used as evidence to document the noise pollution problem, identified sound source, noise complaints, and residential surveys, suggestions and recommendations were made to the EQB about possible methods to decrease sound levels by reducing some of the prominent sources of sound.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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