S. Himmelstein | July 26, 2022

A growing body of evidence links urban noise from a variety of sources, including air, rail and road traffic, and industrial activity to adverse health outcomes. City-centric noisy and quiet zones can now be pinpointed with a series of audible data-visualization maps.

Explore the sounds of Brussels, Belgium, or experience the noise pollution typical of New York City. Areas prone to road traffic noise are also evident in audible maps developed by data analytics company Jetpack for London and Paris. A computer mouse is the user’s vehicle to travel through different neighborhoods and experience the noise intensity levels typical at specific times of day.

Image from the audible noise map for Brussels. Source: JetpackImage from the audible noise map for Brussels. Source: Jetpack

The maps were commissioned by Possible, an organization advocating for car-free cities.