German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost has created an interactive map depicting the levels of ambient noise that residential buildings and sensitive buildings, such as hospitals and schools, experience throughout Berlin. The map uses data from Berlin’s Senate Department for the Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection, which calculates residential noise levels every five years to influence urban planning and help determine whether citizens can receive subsidies for soundproof windows. The map shows that many residential buildings experience noise levels of over 65 decibels, which are considered to be hazardous.
Visualizing Noise Levels in Berlin
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.