11-26 Noise Mapping of Container Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles

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Project Summary

Noise Mapping of Container Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles

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Topic Area

Goods Movement & International Trade

P.I. Name & Address

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management; College of Engineering
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States

Project Objective:

Noise mapping is the geographic presentation of data related to outdoor sound levels and sound exposure with associated information on impact to the affected population. A recent study on noise pollution at the port of Long Beach by (Nguyen and Khoo, 2010) supported by METRANS has revealed that a noise map or a geographic view of noise shows the port authorities where current noise levels present a problem, where mitigation is needed, and where new and future development will have the greatest negative impact.

Noise emissions from various transportation modes including seaports have become a major concern to environmental and governmental agencies in recent years for the great annoyance they cause to surrounding communities (Baaj et al., 2001). The Los Angeles–Long Beach port complex is the nation's largest ocean freight hub and its busiest container port complex, with the amount of goods going through the port increasing, 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, forklifts, refrigerated containers, trucks and trains may present a problem. In addition, noise emitted from container terminals, at high levels and for long periods, has a negative impact on the performance of the different parties involved in the cargo handling activities at the container terminals as well as the life of the residential neighbors. The purpose of this study is to predict and model the noise of container terminals at the port of Los Angeles.

Task Descriptions:

(1) Survey the site under study and create an inventory of the noise and geographic conditions
(2) Data collection
(3) Create noise model
(4) Perform field measurements and noise model calibration
(5) Analyze the results from the noise model
(6) Formulate action plan
(7) Prepare final report of results and recommendations

Milestones, Dates:

(1) September 2010 – October 2010
(2) October 2010 – February 2011
(3) November 2010 – June 2011
(4) November 2010 – June 2011
(5) June 2011
(6) July 2011
(7) August 2011

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Student Involvement:
One Graduate Student, 12 months
One Undergraduate Student, 12 months

Relationship to Other Research Projects:
Related to 06-04, 09-09; part of saftey and goods movement focus areas

Technology Transfer Activities:
Project report will be posted soon

Potential Benefits of the Project:
Insight into where the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach should direct mitigation measures for noise pollution.

TRB Keywords:
Environment, Freight Transportation, Marine Transportation, Terminals and Facilities

Primary Subject:
1p.2 To predict and model the noise of container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.