Noise pollution is indeed a quality-of-life issue but there are now two apps to start documenting on them.
LHR NoiseMap (british)
are two projects that use mobile phones to measure, record and map instances of noise pollution.
By installing a free application that measures the noise level wherever they are, users will record informations such as description of the noise, its source, the time of day, etc and they will then mapped onto city maps.
However, for projects like these, participation is key and not yet developpped. Another challenge is the fact that both programs are smart-phone dependent and only 30% of french population has one.
Of course, we always have the same question with social apps: once noise pollution would be mapped, who will invent the tool that will transform this mapping into corrective action ?
One down, one to go.