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Volume & Issue no: Volume 3, Issue 8, August 2014

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Title:
A Case Study on Noise Mapping for Container Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles
Author Name:
Tang-Hung Nguyen, and I-Hung Khoo
Abstract:
ABSTRACT The Los Angeles-Long Beach Port complex is the nation s largest ocean freight hub and its busiest container port complex, where the goods going through the Port grow increasingly, especially in the container division. As the container sector has the highest growth potential, the levels of noise generated by the ships, straddle carriers, cranes, fork lifts, refrigerated containers, trucks and trains may present a problem. The purpose of this study is to model the noise levels (i.e. noise mapping) generated from container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles. The noise map provides a geographical view of the noise distribution in and around the Port areas and can help the port authorities assess the current noise pollutions as well as to investigate the potential noise impact of future development plans of the Port. This paper presents the development of noise maps for container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, which may be used to predict future noise levels of the surroundings. A mathematical model and a computer noise modeling software used to generate the noise maps will be discussed. The noise maps are then used to identify any critical areas within the Port where noise levels exceed the noise standard levels stipulated in the Los Angeles County Noise Control Ordinance and the World Health Organization community noise guidelines. Keywords: Noise Mapping, Transportation Noise, Container Terminals, Seaport
Cite this article:
Tang-Hung Nguyen, and I-Hung Khoo , " A Case Study on Noise Mapping for Container Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles" , International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management (IJAIEM) , Volume 3, Issue 8, August 2014 , pp. 076-084 , ISSN 2319 - 4847.
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