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Planning for restorative forests: describing stress-reducing qualities of forest stands using available forest stand data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7139-2545
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Number of Authors: 72016 (English)In: European Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 1612-4669, E-ISSN 1612-4677, Vol. 135, no 5, p. 803-813Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research suggests that certain forest environments can contribute to lower stress levels in humans. This might be increasingly important to consider given the rising prevalence of stress-related diseases and illness absence. To make it feasible to plan for forest management strategies that take such restorative effects into account, it would seem to be important to identify the precise physical properties that contribute to the restorative qualities of forest stands. It would also be useful if forest stand data typically already collected by forest owners could be used for this purpose. In the present study, forest stands in northern, central, and southern Sweden were visited and assessed regarding their restorative potential. These assessments were analysed together with available forest stand data for each region using statistical models. Our results indicate that of the available forest stand data parameters, the most important individual indicators of forest stands' restorative qualities were tree age, tree sparsity, and tree height. Models based on these parameters explained 30-40 % of the variation in restorative qualities among the evaluated stands, indicating that they can be useful in planning and modelling scenarios where restorative properties of forest stands are considered.

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2016. Vol. 135, no 5, p. 803-813
Keywords [en]
Restoration, Stress reduction, Recreation, Forest planning, Multiple use
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Physical Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135228DOI: 10.1007/s10342-016-0974-7ISI: 000384571700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135228DiVA, id: diva2:1046004
Available from: 2016-11-11 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Perceived Sensory Dimensions: A Human-Centred Approach to Environmental Planning and Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perceived Sensory Dimensions: A Human-Centred Approach to Environmental Planning and Design
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Increased urbanization, stress and lifestyle related illness, and biodiversity loss are some of the most urgent challenges today. The potential contributions from green spaces and infrastructures in relation to these challenges are several. In addition to benefits such as climate and water regulation, air purification, food production, and biodiversity conservation, certain aesthetic, i.e. perceived, qualities of green features and natural settings have been shown important for people’s health and wellbeing. The potential of such qualities to aid restoration from stress and attention fatigue is well documented. It has also been suggested that they could support pro-environmental behaviours, promote physical activity, and increase general wellbeing. A difference between grey/urban and green/natural settings has been highlighted in previous research. There is a need however for a more nuanced understanding of the most important qualities in the environment to consider in order to support human health and wellbeing over time.

Through a universal, human-centred approach, where needs, motivations, and meaningful experiences are considered before specific means of physical implementation, this thesis adopts a framework of eight aesthetic qualities, termed perceived sensory dimensions, accounting for basic human needs in relation to green areas. This framework is investigated and developed in different contexts and at different scales to aid an evidence-based approach to environmental design, planning, and evaluation from a human health and wellbeing perspective. A dialectic model based on the framework is suggested as a means to facilitate the inclusion of this level of analysis in, e.g. trans- and interdisciplinary research settings, and in environmental design and planning practices.

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Stockholm: Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, 2019. p. 52
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Dissertations in Physical Geography, ISSN 2003-2358 ; 3
Keywords
Green infrastructures, urban planning, environmental aesthetics, salutogenic design, multiple use
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Physical Geography
Research subject
Physical Geography
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175525 (URN)978-91-7797-901-2 (ISBN)978-91-7797-902-9 (ISBN)
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2020-02-04, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 252-2011-1737
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Submitted.

Available from: 2020-01-10 Created: 2019-11-28 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved

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