Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

This very useful reference from a New Zealand group who have worked in this area for 8 years including Bruce Rapley, Bob Thorne, Huub Bakker and Philip Dickinson with an assortment of peer reviewed papers by various people is now available.

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Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

This book is a review of how wind farms affect people through the sound and flicker that they produce. It covers topics in health, noise assessment, noise prediction, economics and noise management.

The format of this review is a series of papers that have been accepted from experts in different fields and peer-reviewed for this work. The intent is to make this material accessible to the layman, so many of the papers have extended introductions to the subject areas.

Amazon link is here:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sound-Noise-Flicker-Perception-Activity-ebook/dp/B00LHCSSWW

Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

It is also available in book form, via http://www.smart-technologies.co.nz/books.html

SNFathpWFA25pcThe explosion of wind farms worldwide has brought with it a rising tide of resistance from residents near them. Complaints about noise and flicker, as well as health problems such as sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness, anxiety and depression, are all strikingly similar. Developers are advised by experts that the noise levels are virtually undetectable and so low that sound cannot directly cause these symptoms and that these people are naturally anxious.

Why is there such a disparity between the perception of the issue from the two groups? Part of the problem is that the physics of sound and the human perception of noise are still not well understood by many. There is a great difference between being able to measure something and a person’s perception of it and the variation between individuals is never well accounted for by a statistical mean. This can split communities into the affected and the unaffected, the latter group who, due to no fault of their own, cannot understand the views of those who complain. Yet, for those adversely affected by the wind farm placement, there is no doubt about the intrusion into their lives.

This Review brings together the many threads that are needed to explain these issues as a series of Papers from experts dealing with issues of human perception of wind farm noise and flicker. The intent is to make this material accessible to the layman, so many of the papers have extended introductions to the subject areas.

Please spread the word around – the information is readily accessible.

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