Noise in rural recreational environments
Keywords:acoustic intensity, acoustic noise, pollution, rural outdoor recreational environments, sound pressure levels, annoyance, harmonic content, socio-psychological aspects
AbstractThis study describes and analyses the relationship between people's evaluation of various sounds commonly heard in rural outdoor recreational environments and their measured dB(A) or sound pressure levels. The findings indicate that sound pressure level alone is not a good predictor of annoyance. Rather several complexly interrelated factors relating to the harmonic content of the sounds themselves and those concerning their socio-psychological aspects influence the way in which people evaluate different sounds. Factors relating to the perception and evaluation of sounds in rural recreational environments are discussed and implications for other rural settings are presented
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