Noise Monitoring and Assessment at Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica

IJEP 42(9): 1027-1033 : Vol. 42 Issue. 9 (September 2022)

Laxmi Kant Bhardwaj1 and Pawan Kumar Bharati*

1. Amity University, Amity Institute of Environmental Sciences (AIES), Noida – 201 303, Uttar Pradesh, India
2. Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi – 110 007, India


In the present study, 24 hr monitoring of noise was carried out inside the M/V Ivan Papanin ship, near the superstructure of the vessel in Bharti island, Larsemann hills, East Antarctica. Besides this, the noise monitoring of earthmovers, generators, helicopters, snow vehicles, drilling and blasting operations was also conducted at Bharti island. Inside the vessel, the maximum level of noise was recorded during lunch-time (64.4-65.2 dB(A)) while the minimum level of noise was recorded in the early morning (39.5 dB(A)). Outside the superstructure vessel, the maximum level of noise was recorded as 67.2 dB(A) and the minimum level of noise was recorded as 59.8 dB(A). The different noise levels have recorded with 1 m distance from the different operations stone crusher (101 dB(A)), LG helicopter Kemov (98 dB(A)), airlift helicopter (93 dB(A)), Menzi muck (93 dB(A)), drilling (93 dB(A)), while with 30 m distance, stone crusher (79 dB(A)), LG helicopter Kemov (81 dB(A)), airlift helicopter (79 dB(A)), Menzi muck (85 dB(A)), drilling (85 dB(A)). The noise level was recorded for the blasting operation as 91 dB(A) from 100 m distance. Continuous monitoring of the noise level is required to predict the harmful impacts on the environment of East Antarctica.


East Antarctica, Larsemann hills, Bharti island, Noise pollution


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