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GIS mapping and analysis of aircraft noise at Cape Town international airport

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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Merwe JH, Prof en
dc.contributor.author Von Holdt D en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:34:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:34:30Z
dc.date.submitted 2003 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/31006
dc.description.abstract The noise produced by aircraft during operations around airports represents a serious social, technical, economic and environmental problem which is only going to get worse as air traffic volumes increase. Rapid urbanisation, development encroachment and poor planning in the past have resulted in noisy airport runways being situated too close to residents' living space. Rapid industrial growth and lack of funding exacerbate noise problems in developing countries. Moreover, developing countries and especially South Africa tend to have moderate climates and open-window living, which makes insulation an ineffective solution to the noise problem. This study aims at employing GIS to establish the potential noise exposure of various sensitive land use categories and population groups in the noise-controlled area at Cape Town International Airport. Firstly, options for the demarcation of a noise-controlled area were evaluated. Thereafter, incompatible land uses and priority areas for land use compatibility projects were identified and recommendations made for urban renewal projects for these areas. Lastly, the noise-exposed population were profiled according to vulnerability characteristics and vulnerable groups identified and located. A recommendation was made that Cape Town International Airport set up an interactive map-based website to disseminate information to the public about noise and any other important issues concerning the airport. An Internet GIS application would empower citizens by providing them with a dynamic and interactive tool for improved public participation and a better understanding of the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the airport. Noise complaints could also be investigated through the website and prompt feedback given to the communities complaining about aircraft noise. At the local community level where people are being annoyed every day and night resulting in ncat1ve health effects, the problem of aircraft noise demands urgent attention, and measures should he put in place to reduce vulnerability to noise and improve the overall quality of life of noise-weary residents. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Geography, Physical en
dc.subject Mathematical geography and cartography en
dc.title GIS mapping and analysis of aircraft noise at Cape Town international airport en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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