Civilian noise complaints and damage claims have created the need for stations to monitor the production of military impulse noise. However, these stations suffer from numerous false positive detections (due to wind noise) of impulse events and often miss many events of interest. There is also interest in identifying specific noise sources, such different types of ordinance or different types of aircraft. To improve the accuracy of military impulse noise monitoring and make and initial effort to specifically classify noise source, an algorithm based upon an artificial neural network with inputs of conventional and custom acoustic metrics was proposed. To train and evaluate the noise classifier approximately 1,000 waveforms were field collected (110 military aircraft noise, 330 military impulse noise, and 560 non-impulse noise). The final noise classifier used kurtosis and crest factor and the custom metrics spectral slope and weighted square error as inputs. The classifier was able to achieve 99.7% accuracy on the training data set and 99.4% accuracy on the validation data set.

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