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The growth in demand for passenger and cargo air transportation has pushed operators to increase the number and frequency of their scheduled flights. The expansion in operations and the changes to the airspace aimed at accommodating it have resulted in renewed public concern.

ASCENT researchers are working to fully understand community noise impacts of aviation including how aircraft noise affects human health and wellbeing and how elements such as motion and atmospheric parameters affect noise. They are also creating tools for analyzing aircraft noise, informing policies related to noise, and conducting outreach and education about aircraft noise reduction efforts.