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dc.contributor.authorGrace, Megan Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDickie, Jenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBartie, Phil Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Carolineen_UK
dc.contributor.authorOliver, David Men_UK
dc.description.abstractFreshwater (inland) blue space environments provide a range of public health benefits to visitors. However, health related exposure outcomes are dynamic and can vary depending on several factors, including the environmental characteristics of freshwater environments and their surroundings. Developing and managing inland blue spaces to promote health and wellbeing therefore requires an understanding of whether specific freshwater attributes, and prevailing weather conditions, enhance or devalue landscape aesthetics. The aim of this study was to utilise a mixed-methods research approach to investigate aesthetic preferences of inland blue spaces. A three-phase data collection method was adopted involving (i) analysis of a national-scale landscape image dataset; in combination with (ii) a national-scale online survey; and (iii) a series of in-person focus groups. We found environmental characteristics associated with the waterbody itself, as well as the characteristics of the nearby green space, to have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic appeal of inland blue spaces. Strong preference was demonstrated for inland blue spaces perceived to be of a high environmental quality and which have a natural, rather than human-modified, appearance. The findings highlight the need to conserve the quality of both the waterbody and waterside environment to encourage frequent recreational use and maintain the beneficial public health outcomes associated with inland blue spaces.en_UK
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_UK
dc.relationGrace MJ, Dickie J, Bartie PJ, Brown C & Oliver DM (2023) How do weather conditions and environmental characteristics influence aesthetic preferences of freshwater environments?. <i>Science of The Total Environment</i>, 903, Art. No.: 166283.
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dc.subjectHealth and wellbeingen_UK
dc.subjectGreen and blue spaceen_UK
dc.subjectNatural environmentsen_UK
dc.subjectLandscape aestheticsen_UK
dc.subjectEnvironmental exposure outcomesen_UK
dc.titleHow do weather conditions and environmental characteristics influence aesthetic preferences of freshwater environments?en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleScience of the Total Environmenten_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderNatural Environment Research Councilen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHeriot-Watt Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHeriot-Watt Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorGrace, Megan J|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDickie, Jen|0000-0002-6302-3854en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBartie, Phil J|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBrown, Caroline|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorOliver, David M|0000-0002-6200-562Xen_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Natural Environment Research Council|
local.rioxx.filenameGrace et al 2023 STOTEN.pdfen_UK
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