Alum Dr. Lucy Zipf (2020) and Dr. Richard Primack recently published an article in PLOS ONE titled “Citizen scientists and university students monitor noise pollution in cities and protected areas with smartphones.” The article describes a method using smart phones to monitor and make maps of noise pollution (example pictured above). Three sites in the Boston area were mapped as part of Citizen Science events and an environmental science course.

The article also includes a supplemental lesson plan for noise monitoring laboratory experiment for high school or college courses.