Hafnarfjörður harbour - noise mapping and measurements

EFLA measured and mapped the noise from Hafnarfjörður's harbour activity, because of a new nearby residential area. 

About this Project

Hafnarfjörður harbour

Town of Hafnarfjörður and Strendingur

January - March 2006

Hafnarfjörður, Iceland


The project's objective

Due to a new residential area in the vicinity of Hafnarfjörður harbour, EFLA  measured and mapped the noise from the harbour activity. A new tool was also created, that can be used when new residential buildings are designed in the vicinity of a harbour.

Constant noise measurements were conducted with a sound level meter in three places. The noise was measured for three weeks in total. With the information obtained, a noise map was conducted by using sound propagation calculation software, SoundPLAN. Afterwards, a future condition was estimated, where the planning information for the residential area was taken into account along with information about the harbour's activity.

Environmental issues

Environmental impacts of port and harbour operations

Service Components

EFLA's role

  • Measurements
  • Calculations and mapping
  • Consultation