Towards standardization in soundscape preference assessment

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Title Towards standardization in soundscape preference assessment
Author Brown, Lex; Kang, Jian; Gjestland, Truls
Journal Name Applied Acoustics
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The study of soundscapes involves diverse fields of practice, diverse approaches and diverse disciplinary interests. The field overlaps with the much larger and established field of environmental noise management, and also intersects, to various degrees, with other areas of acoustics such as sound quality, human acoustic comfort in buildings, and music—and also with non-acoustic fields such as wilderness and recreation management, urban and housing design, and landscape planning and management. Working Group 54 of ISO/TC 43/SC 1 has been formed with a remit of standardization for perceptual assessment of human sound preference (in outdoor space) using questionnaires. The working group began its work in 2009, with considerable and wide-ranging discussion amongst its members. This paper makes a range of observations, and sometimes suggestions, on matters pertinent to eventual definition of the soundscape; on outcomes of interest arising from experience of a soundscape; on the role of context in assessment; on sound sources in different places; and on relevant lessons for soundscape assessment from experience of questionnaire measurement of noise annoyance. It represents a personal view, though informed by a range of opinions from the Working Group meeting and from literature.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 72
Issue Number 6
Page from 387
Page to 392
ISSN 0003-682X
Date Accessioned 2012-02-06; 2012-02-17T05:04:39Z
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Built Environment and Design
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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