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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: How do weather conditions and environmental characteristics influence aesthetic preferences of freshwater environments?
Author(s): Grace, Megan J
Dickie, Jen
Bartie, Phil J
Brown, Caroline
Oliver, David M
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Keywords: Health and wellbeing
Green and blue space
Natural environments
Landscape aesthetics
Environmental exposure outcomes
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2023
Date Deposited: 21-Aug-2023
Citation: Grace 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.
Abstract: Freshwater (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.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.166283
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