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Natural and Urban Soundscapes: The Need for a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

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Characterizing soundscapes requires a broad variety of approaches (ecological, sociological, phenomenological) in a soundscape continuum from completely natural to highly urban environments. There is an urgent need for the use of innovative designs which integrate the different levels of current analyses (qualitative and quantitative; individual and aggregate levels). The criteria (beyond sound level) of a "good" soundscape addresses the questions: What is a "sensitive" soundscape? What are soundscape requirements for a "resort area?" or "natural quiet?" that should be protected. Answers to these questions are central to the origin of the soundscape idea. Presented here is a simple soundscape model of the interactions between natural and man-made elements of soundscapes. Soundscape elements are characterized. Lists are presented of the disciplines involved in understand soundscapes and the main quantitative metrics that can be measured.
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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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