RSG-authored article on wind turbine audibility selected as JASA ‘Technical Area Pick’

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) selected an RSG-authored paper as the “Technical Area Pick” in the noise category. The paper, titled “Wind turbine audibility and noise annoyance in a national U.S. survey: Individual perception and influencing factors” was co-authored by RSG’s Ryan Haac, Ken Kaliski, and Matthew Landis. It was part of a multi-disciplinary research effort to evaluate the factors that affect outdoor audibility and noise annoyance of wind turbines.

Interestingly, they found that wind turbine sound level was the most robust predictor of audibility yet only a weak, albeit significant, predictor of noise annoyance. Consistent with international findings, they found that communities in the US are less tolerant of wind turbine noise than other common environmental noise sources.

JASA’s Technical Area Pick honors the best paper published in each category from the last year. As a selected article, access is free through the end of May. Read it in full at https://asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/1.5121309.