The area of noise research deals with the sources of noise and the effect of noise on human beings. It is well-known that standardized strain parameters used today like for example dB(A) do not allow any conclusions with regard to the actually experienced noise strain or their long-term effects.
The center of our work is mainly aspects of the effects of noise on auditive attention among children and adults.
Research in nurseries and schools have shown that it is important to use a measuring technology especially developed for children when dealing with noise assessment and recording (Binaural Technology (artificial heads for children).
A large part of the global population now lives in urban spaces. In the context of town planning and urban development it is important to take the diverging requirements of inhabitants regarding the lebensraum "town" into consideration. The desire for nice and livable quarters with a high share of urban green spaces, clean air, a low noise level and a pleasant environment temperature becomes particularly important.
In cooperation with scientists from geography, psychology, communication sciences and architecture we are developing combined strain indices considering noise, air quality and heat stress, to determine a more diagnostically conclusive measure for the actually experienced strain from noise in the urban area (UFO Project).
The planning, implementation and maintenance of such areas requires a multi-layered consideration, which so far has not been sufficiently implemented into research due to the lack of integrative methodology. In particular, taking situations with combined strains into consideration is an important challenge, as additional negative coupling effects which result from a combination of heat strain, noise strain and fine particulate matter are not recognizable when considering these factors individually. This deficit is all the more critical as due to the effects of climate change particularly in summer strain situations from thermal extremes and a higher concentration of fine particulate matter are to be expected more frequently.