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The Quiet Rural Soundscape and How to Characterize it

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Inhabitants of densely populated cities may benefit from the occasional visit to a restorative environment. The soundscape of this environment may add to the restorative and appealing power of the area. In European directives and policy intentions of many countries, the preservation and management of quiet areas has been subscribed. Nevertheless there is little scientific knowledge on how to characterize such areas and possibly grant quality labels. In this manuscript the quiet rural soundscape is studied within its specific context: non-acoustical environment, use… Several indicators for its characterization are derived from a theoretical point of view. These indicators are tested on usability in a particular case study. This leads us to proposing a multi-criteria assessment of quality labels for the quiet rural soundscape.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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