A positive soundscape evaluation tool

William J. Davies, Mags D. Adams, Neil Spencer Bruce, Rebecca Cain, Paul A. Jennings, Angus Carlyle, Peter Cusack, Ken I. Hume, Christopher J. Plack

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Current policy on environmental sound is largely based on noise control. There is considerable interest in exploiting the soundscape concept to provide a more sophisticated way of managing our acoustic environment. For this to happen, a tool for assessing soundscape quality is needed. This paper reports on an exploratory attempt to define a soundscape evaluation tool. It is based on the work of the Positive Soundscape Project which has provided a qualitative and quantitative account of soundscape perception. The evaluation tool integrates these perceptual results with outlines of what can be measured and how user behaviour can be characterised to supply the information that an urban design or planning team might need. Soundscape evaluation could be used to support planning decisions related to how a new development might change the current soundscape as well as helping decide where and how to intervene in a soundscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th European Conference on Noise Control 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th European Conference on Noise Control 2009 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Oct 200928 Oct 2009


Conference8th European Conference on Noise Control 2009
Abbreviated titleEURONOISE 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (Gener


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