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Novel methods for investigating acute and long term effects of transportation noise on health

English title Novel methods for investigating acute and long term effects of transportation noise on health
Applicant Röösli Martin
Number 173330
Funding scheme Project funding (special)
Research institution Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Start/End 01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021
Approved amount 789'100.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences

Keywords (13)

large nested project SNC; aircraft noise; railway noise; case-crossover study; behaviour; health related quality of life; cognitive function; adolescents; large nested project SNC; transportation noise; cohort study; road traffic noise; cardiovascular mortality

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Strassen-, Bahn-, und Luftverkehrslärm gehören zu den häufigsten Stressoren und Gesundheitsrisiken in unserer Umwelt. Dennoch ist noch wenig bekannt wie wichtig die Expositionsdauer, der Zeitpunkt der Lärmexposition und die Art des Lärms für die Gesundheit der Bevölkerung ist. Auch gibt es noch viele Forschungslücken zu den Auswirkungen bei Jugendlichen.
Lay summary

Die folgenden Forschungsfragen werden angegangen:

  1. Wie wichtig sind die Ereignishaftigkeit sowie stille Phasen zwischen Lärmereignissen für die Sterblichkeit wegen Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen bei Erwachsenen sowie die Lebensqualität, das Verhalten und die Gedächtnisleistung von Jugendlichen?
  2. An welchen Tages- und Nachtzeiten ist die Lärmexposition besonders kritisch für diese Effekte?
  3. Wie relevant ist die Lärmexposition in der Schule versus zuhause für die Lebensqualität, das Verhalten, die Konzentrationsfähigkeit und die Gedächtnisleistung von Jugendlichen?
  4. Sind lärminduzierte Risiken für das Herz-Kreislaufsystem reversibel, wenn die Lärmexposition reduziert wird? Falls ja, wie lange dauert es?
  5. Können einzelne Lärmereignisse akute kardiovaskuläre Todesfälle auslösen (triggern)?

Für dieses Forschungsprojekt werden die Daten der Nationalen Kohortenstudie der gesamten Schweizer Bevölkerung und der HERMES Kohortenstudie mit Jugendlichen genutzt. Mittels nationaler Modelle für Strassen-, Bahn-, und Luftverkehrslärm sowie Luftschadstoffen (NO2) wird die Exposition an jeder Adresse in der Schweiz für 2001 und 2011 abgeschätzt. Bei den Jugendlichen wird untersucht, ob die Veränderung der Lebensqualität, des Verhaltens, der Konzentrationsfähigkeit und der Gedächtnisleistung innerhalb von einem Jahr durch die Lärmexposition am Schul- und am Wohnort beeinflusst wird. Bei Erwachsenen, die nach 2010 gezügelt sind, wird anhand der Nationalen Kohortenstudie geprüft, ob eine damit allfällig verbundene Zu- oder Abnahme der Lärmbelastung das Risiko an Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen zu sterben, verändert. Da die Flugrouten unter anderem wetterbedingt von Tag zu Tag variieren, wird zusätzlich um den Flughafen Zürich untersucht, ob akute kardiovaskuläre Sterbefälle unter den geflogenen Flugrouten häufiger als erwartet auftreten.  

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 14.06.2017

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Noise from road, railway and aircraft traffic is one of the most widespread sources of environmental stress and discomfort in everyday life. However, previous research has been fragmented, in particular in children and adolescents. As a consequence little is known about the relevance of exposure duration, noise characteristics and the effects in adolescents.
Lay summary

The following research questions will be addressed:

  1. How relevant is eventfulness of noise and duration of quiet phases between events for cardiovascular mortality, and adolescents’ cognitive performance, behaviour and quality of life?

  2. How crucial is noise exposure at different times during day and night for these outcomes?

  3. How relevant is noise exposure at home vs. school for adolescents’ cognitive performance, behaviour and quality of life?

  4. Are noise induced cardiovascular risks reversible after noise exposure reduction? If yes, what is the relevant time scale?

  5. Do noise events trigger an acute cardiovascular death?

Methods: Research will be based on the existing Swiss National Cohort (SNC) and adolescent HERMES cohort study. Nationwide models for road, railway and aircraft traffic noise as well as NO2 exposure at each address in Switzerland for 2001 and 2011 will be individually linked to study participants. For HERMES participants, a longitudinal analysis will be conducted to evaluate the effects of noise exposure at school and home on changes in cognitive function, behaviour and health related quality of life within one year of follow-up. Full residential history available after 2010 for the SNC will be used to elucidate the effects of a sudden change of exposure on cardiovascular mortality. A case-crossover analysis on the triggering effects of aircraft noise on acute coronary events in the population around Zürich airport will be conducted, taking advantage of the daily distribution and variation of noise exposure which is heavily influenced by meteorological conditions.
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Publications

Publication
Individual Aircraft Noise Exposure Assessment for a Case-Crossover Study in Switzerland
Saucy Apolline, Schäffer Beat, Tangermann Louise, Vienneau Danielle, Wunderli Jean-Marc, Röösli Martin (2020), Individual Aircraft Noise Exposure Assessment for a Case-Crossover Study in Switzerland, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9), 3011-3011.
Associations of Various Nighttime Noise Exposure Indicators with Objective Sleep Efficiency and Self-Reported Sleep Quality: A Field Study
Röösli Martin, Brink Mark, Rudzik Franziska, Cajochen Christian, Ragettli Martina S., Flückiger Benjamin, Pieren Reto, Vienneau Danielle, Wunderli Jean-Marc (2019), Associations of Various Nighttime Noise Exposure Indicators with Objective Sleep Efficiency and Self-Reported Sleep Quality: A Field Study, in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(20), 3790-3790.
A systematic analysis of mutual effects of transportation noise and air pollution exposure on myocardial infarction mortality: a nationwide cohort study in Switzerland
Héritier Harris, Vienneau Danielle, Foraster Maria, Eze Ikenna C, Schaffner Emmanuel, de Hoogh Kees, Thiesse Laurie, Rudzik Franziska, Habermacher Manuel, Köpfli Micha, Pieren Reto, Brink Mark, Cajochen Christian, Wunderli Jean Marc, Probst-Hensch Nicole, Röösli Martin (2019), A systematic analysis of mutual effects of transportation noise and air pollution exposure on myocardial infarction mortality: a nationwide cohort study in Switzerland, in European Heart Journal, 40(7), 598-603.
Façades, floors and maps – Influence of exposure measurement error on the association between transportation noise and myocardial infarction
Vienneau Danielle, Héritier Harris, Foraster Maria, Eze Ikenna C., Schaffner Emmanuel, Thiesse Laurie, Rudzik Franziska, Habermacher Manuel, Köpfli Micha, Pieren Reto, Brink Mark, Cajochen Christian, Wunderli Jean Marc, Probst-Hensch Nicole, Röösli Martin (2019), Façades, floors and maps – Influence of exposure measurement error on the association between transportation noise and myocardial infarction, in Environment International, 123, 399-406.
Bruit – quel effet sur les enfants?
TangermannL, RöösliM (2018), Bruit – quel effet sur les enfants?, in Paediatrica, 29(4), 5-8.
Wie wirkt Lärm auf Kinder?
TangermannL, RöösliM (2018), Wie wirkt Lärm auf Kinder?, in Paediatrica, 29(4), 5-8.
More than clean air and tranquillity: Residential green is independently associated with decreasing mortality
Vienneau Danielle, de Hoogh Kees, Faeh David, Kaufmann Marco, Wunderli Jean Marc, Röösli Martin (2017), More than clean air and tranquillity: Residential green is independently associated with decreasing mortality, in Environment International, 108, 176-184.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Swiss TPH Monday seminar Talk given at a conference Assessing the triggering effects of aircraft noise on cardiovascular mortality in Switzerland: a case-crossover study 23.03.2020 Basel, Switzerland Saucy Apolline;
82° Congresso Nazionale di Medicina del Lavoro Talk given at a conference Effects of transportation noise and particulate matter on the cardiovascular system: What is the new evidence? 25.09.2019 Trieste, Italy Röösli Martin;
Internoise Talk given at a conference Aircraft noise exposure assessment for a case-crossover study in Switzerland 16.09.2019 Madrid, Spain Saucy Apolline;
23rd International Congress on Acoustics Talk given at a conference Association between transportation noise and cardio-metabolic diseases: an update of the WHO meta-analysis 09.09.2019 Aachen, Germany Vienneau Danielle;
SSC/SSCS joint annual meeting Talk given at a conference Noise and myocardial infarction: capitalizing on big data 19.06.2019 Interlaken, Switzerland Röösli Martin;
SAIEH NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE Talk given at a conference Health effects of noise: a neglected topic in global health? 16.11.2018 Cape Town, South Africa Röösli Martin;
Poster at Swiss Public Health Conference Poster Noise Sensitivity and Annoyance in the HERMES Cohort of Swiss Adolescents 07.09.2018 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Tangermann Louise;
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Talk given at a conference Noise Sensitivity and Annoyance in the HERMES Cohort of Swiss Adolescents 26.08.2018 Ottawa, Canada Tangermann Louise;
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Talk given at a conference Façades, floors and maps – exposure measurement error on the association between transportation noise and myocardial infarction 26.08.2018 Ottawa, Canada Vienneau Danielle;
Euronoise Talk given at a conference A systematic analysis of mutual effects of transportation noise and air pollution exposure on myocardial infarction: a nationwide cohort study in Switzerland 27.05.2018 Crete, Greece Röösli Martin;
JAHRESTAGUNG FÜR AKUSTIK, DAGA Talk given at a conference SiRENE: Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure 19.03.2018 Munich, Germany Röösli Martin;
ISEE young conference Talk given at a conference The proportion of high noise sensitivity and annoyance in the hermes cohort study of swiss adolescents 19.03.2018 Freising, Germany Tangermann Louise;
International symposium in celebration of 30 years of the Small Area Health Statistics Unit Talk given at a conference Short and Long Term Effects of Transportation Noise Exposure 14.11.2017 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Röösli Martin;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Stadt - Lärm - Luft Talk 28.03.2019 Hamburg, Germany Röösli Martin;
Strassenlärm – Rechts- und Vollzugsfragen nach Ablauf der Sanierungsfrist, Vereinigung für Umweltrecht Talk 14.06.2018 Solothurn, Switzerland Röösli Martin;
GESUNDHEITSRISIKEN DURCH FLUGLÄRM Informationsveranstaltung für Bürgerinnen und Bürger Talk 22.01.2018 Frankfurt, Germany Röösli Martin;
Tempo weg! Nationale Veranstaltung der Lärmliga Talk 01.12.2017 Bern, Switzerland Röösli Martin;
Herbsttagung SGA-SSA Talk 09.11.2017 Solothurn, Switzerland Röösli Martin;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Multi-Expositionsperspektive am Beispiel SIRENE 04.09.2019 Basel, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Es gibt keinen erträglichen Verkehrslärm: Dauerkrach belastet immer Stoffwechsel und Herz-Kreislauf- Medical Tribune International 2019
Media relations: radio, television Lärmschutz-Ziele werden massiv verfehlt SRF 1, Kassensturz German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: radio, television Viel Krach um Lärm: Worum es wirklich geht Radio SRF3, Input German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: radio, television Das große Hoffen auf weniger Bahnlärm SWR aktuell International 2018
Media relations: radio, television Krankmacher Strassenlärm Puls, SRF1 German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions Lärm, einfach störend oder gesundheitsgefährdend? Western Switzerland 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions Resultate der Lärmwirkungsstudie SiRENE International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Verkehrslärm ist in der Schweiz mitverantwortlich für 500 Todesfälle pro Jahr Aargauer Zeitung German-speaking Switzerland 2018
Media relations: radio, television Lärmschutz inVerzug: Die Frist verstreicht – der Lärm bleibt SRF1, 10vor10 German-speaking Switzerland 2017

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
163311 Integrating the impact of genetic and environmental factors on trajectories of respiratory disease from birth to school age 01.10.2015 Project funding (Div. I-III)
173043 Investigating the interplay of job exposures, ambient air pollution and living environment as drivers of the chronic lung disease epidemic The Large-scale LuftiBus-SNC Cohort 01.01.2018 Project funding (special)
147635 Transportation noise, annoyance, sleep and cardiometabolic risk: an integrated approach on short- and long-term effects 01.01.2014 Sinergia
138190 HERMES: Health Effects Related to Mobile Phone Use in Adolescents 01.01.2012 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Background: Noise from road, railways and aircraft traffic is one of the most widespread sources of environmental stress and discomfort in everyday life. However, previous research has been fragmented, in particular in children and adolescents. As a consequence little is known about the relevance of exposure duration, noise characteristics and the effects in adolescents. Aims: The overall aim is to obtain a thorough understanding on how transportation noise affects human health. In particular, the following research questions will be addressed:1.From triggering events to chronic exposure effects: Which time scale is most relevant for cardiovascular mortality? Are cardiovascular risks reversible after noise exposure reduction?2.Role of noise characteristics for cardiovascular mortality: How relevant is eventfulness of noise and duration of quiet phases between events? How crucial is noise exposure at different times during day and night (diurnal variation)?3.Effects of noise exposure on adolescents’ cognitive performance, behaviour and quality of life: How relevant is noise exposure at home vs. school? What is the role of sleep on health effects?Methods: Research will be based on the existing Swiss National Cohort (SNC) and adolescent HERMES cohort study. Nationwide models to predict road, railway and aircraft traffic noise and NO2 exposure at each address in Switzerland for 2001 and 2011 will be individually linked to study participants. For HERMES participants, a longitudinal analysis will be conducted to evaluate the effects of noise exposure at school and home on changes in cognitive function, behaviour and health related quality of life within one year of follow-up. Full residential history available after 2010 for the SNC will be used to elucidate the effects of a sudden change of exposure on cardiovascular mortality. A case-crossover analysis on the triggering effects of aircraft noise on acute coronary events will be conducted taking advantage of the daily distribution and variation of noise exposure, which is heavily influenced by meteorological conditions around Zürich airport.Significance: Rigorous scientific methods will be applied to address numerous novel and highly innovative aspects in noise research: i) case-crossover design for acute aircraft noise effects, ii) evaluation of sudden exposure changes due to moving residence or changing flight schemes, iii) focus on noise characteristics in addition to levels, iv) rigorous evaluation of mutual effects of noise and air pollution, v) estimation of indoor noise levels, vi) comprehensive appraisal of effects in adolescents. A better understanding of noise health effects can have far reaching impacts beyond Switzerland and Europe for both science and policy. Future research will profit from the new exposure assessment and analytical methods addressing long and short term exposure windows. The research is highly relevant for prevention of various diseases and contributes to efficient regulation of different types of environmental noise sources beyond transportation noise. Research insights will become even more important in future with growing urbanisation and the on-going trend in the direction of a 24h society.
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