Investigating the impact of noise pollution on children’s health outcomes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Multiple times a week, Nina Lee finds herself in a Rhode Islander’s backyard. She unpacks and then assembles an environmental noise monitor and begins recording. A week later, she’ll return to the site, collect the monitor and store the data for future statistical analysis.

“I love getting to meet all these people,” she said. “They’ll often want to come out and chat with me about concerns in their neighborhood and gain an understanding of how sound is spread throughout Rhode Island.” 

Since October 2021, Lee has set up roughly 130 of these monitors across Rhode Island, as far as the northernmost corners to the Narragansett Bay islands, siting at least two monitors in every city or town. Her goal is to use the data to create a sound exposure map of the entire state that will inform a new epidemiological model for children’s health. KEEP READING