Why are the noise monitors placed where they are?

1 January, 2019

Our noise monitors are located at fixed noise monitoring positions in Livingston, Broxburn and Cramond.

They are located in these positions based on the recommendations given within a detailed scientific study which was carried out by the CAA for the Department of Transport. This study was carried out to ensure that the major London airports positioned their noise monitors in locations that would ensure consistent and accurate noise measurements could be obtained. Edinburgh Airport follows this guidance as do other major airports in the UK, including Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Birmingham and Glasgow airports amongst others.

The scientific studies carried out by the CAA may be found via the following links

ERCD REPORT 0406 – Current Guidelines Techniques used by ERCD for the Measurement and Analysis of Aircraft Noise and Radar Data https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/ERCD0406.PDF

VALIDATING THE CAA AIRCRAFT NOISE MODEL WITH NOISE MEASUREMENTS http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090316212648/http:/www.caa.co.uk/docs/68/Valid_ANCON.pdf

CAA Policy on Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling (CAP2091)