Stream flow effects on the perceived scenic beauty of a wild and scenic river
AuthorHetherington, John, 1969-
AdvisorDaniel, Terry C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractEnvironment perception research has traditionally relied upon perceptual surrogates in the methodological assessment of landscape preference. The ability of surrogates to sufficiently represent particular environmental conditions should be a continual concern for preference research. Judgments of scenic beauty for two different mediums of representation, static and dynamic surrogates, of a Wild and Scenic river were compared to determine if the preservation of motion in necessary for sensitive judgments of scenic beauty. Flow level, a dynamic element of the river landscape, was hypothesized to influence judgments of scenic beauty only in the dynamic medium condition, and not in the static medium condition. The results indicated that subjects who rated scenes in both medium conditions were sensitive to changes in stream flow level. The method of presentation was also argued to have a substantial influence on preference ratings.