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Soundscapes in city parks and suburban green areas.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: EuroNoise 2006: Advanced Solutions for Noise Control., 2006, Paper SS25-349 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

According to guidelines proposed in Sweden, at least 80% of visitors in quiet areas should perceive the sound environment as good. This was the starting point for a questionnaire study conducted in four suburban green areas and in four city parks. The soundscape in the suburban areas was completely dominated by sounds from nature (e.g., bird song and sounds from water), whereas traffic noise was a main component of the city-park soundscapes. Measured equivalent sound levels (from all sources) ranged from 42 to 50 dBA in the suburban green areas, and from 49 to 60 dBA in the city parks. Between 84 and 100 % of the respondents in the suburban green areas and between 53 and 65 % of the respondents in the city parks assessed the soundscapes as “Good” or “Very good”. Thus, all the suburban green areas and none of the city parks reached the stipulated goal (at least 80%). Taken together, the results suggest that a good urban outdoor soundscape should (a) be dominated by positive sounds from nature, and (b) have an overall equivalent sound level below 50 dBA.

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2006. Paper SS25-349 p.
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soundscape, green areas, city-parks
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Psychology Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21377OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-21377DiVA: diva2:187904
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Available on CD.Available from: 2007-12-10 Created: 2007-12-10Bibliographically approved

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