This week, two articles featuring ANIMA project were published.
The communication manager of the ANIMA project and the Secretary General of ARC, Marius Nicolescu, contributed with an article to the International Airport Review magazine, about the adverse community reactions to aviation noise. He highlighted the ANIMA tools for noise mitigation, including a best practice portal and a virtual community tool.
A central component of the ANIMA project is looking at how non-acoustical factors can be taken into account when designing intervention methods for airport noise.
With the understanding that there are methods outside of direct noise reduction that can mitigate some of the adverse effects of noise, the ANIMA project is looking at which factors are most crucial. One of the most important is enhanced communication and engagement with affected communities.
The project looked at how communication should be underpinned by a fair ‘common language’ that is comprehensible for all; access to expertise and underlying data should be available to all; and decision-making processes should be inclusive, transparent and allow the validity of claims to be challenged.
The full article was published in the International Airport Review magazine. Please click here to access it.
The other article is written by the ANIMA project coordinator, Laurent Leylekian, who contributed with an article to the Open Access Government magazine about the health consequences of aviation noise. He explained how the ANIMA project assesses the impact of aviation noise from a holistic approach, which also takes into consideration non-acoustical factors, and the solutions brought forward by the project.
The ANIMA project aims at proposing Best Practices on noise management and mitigation and at offering a Noise Management Toolset to not only look at noise intensity, but to assess the impact of aviation noise on the whole chain of quality of life.
ANIMA is therefore going to develop an online Best Practices Portal, which will look at what various stakeholders can do or avoid doing to mitigate noise impact. The recommendations will be tailored to the various users and their specificities. For instance, recommendations for an experienced airport will differ in nature and category from those for a local authority in an area with nascent traffic. These recommendations, though non-prescriptive, will be based on exhaustive studies, existing regulations and real case studies.
To read more about the collective efforts of the ANIMA project for better aviation noise impact management, please click here for the full article.