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INSPIRE reporting of Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) data

INSPIRE reporting of Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) data
By Ouns KISSIYAR

On April 11th 2016 the commission published a minimum list of spatial datasets linked to reporting obligations in EU environment legislation to be made available through the European INSPIRE Geoportal.
This list is a first draft of a minimum list of spatial datasets in the sense of Article 3.3 of Directive 2007/2/EC. A total of 46 unique spatial data sets were identified. These datasets are expected to be reported “as-is” as soon as feasible.
One of these datasets relates to directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (END). This memo is a result of the outcomes of the discussions at Flemish level and are meant to gather responses and ultimately solutions at the national and European level to the described problems. 

The European Noise Directive (END) EC/2002/49 obliges all member states to report their environmental noise levels every 5 years. Strictly speaking this reporting is done by reporting exposure figures derived from modelled “strategic noise maps”. These maps are constructed by entering a variety of spatial data on noise emission and noise attenuation in a spatially-explicit noise propagation model (no measurements!). This model creates an output that takes the form of spatial raster images with a horizontal resolution of 10 meters (single grid cell = 10x10m).

Three different bottlenecks have been identified: the INSPIRE theme under which these data should be reported, the format of the data to be reported under INSPIRE and to a lesser extent the publication of other datasets needed for the production. 

For further information, please consult the document.