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Measurement of Scenic Beauty: The Law of Comparative Judgment and Scenic Beauty Estimation Procedures

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Forest products such as scenic beauty can be assessed with psychophysical measurement procedures. Two such procedures are compared for convergence: the Scenic Beauty Estimation procedure (Daniel and Boster 1976) and the Law of Comparative Judgment procedure (Buhyoff and Leuschner 1978). The methods appear similar with respect to their theoretical foundations and their independently derived scenic beauty metrics. It is hoped that the comparison of these procedures will facilitate needed discussion on their appropriateness and usefulness in multiple use forest management and planning efforts. Forest Sci. 30:1084-1096.

Keywords: Landscape preference; nonmarket goods; psychophysics; visual impact; visual quality

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Psychology and Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

Publication date: December 1, 1984

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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