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Volume 26
Number 3
Winter 2009-2010
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Conceptual model of soundscapes. From the Guest Editors
From landscapes to soundscapes: Introduction to the special issue

By Peter Newman, Robert Manning, and Karen Trevino
Published: 4 Sep 2015 (online)  •  14 Sep 2015 (in print)
Impacts of noise are increasingly pervasive
Evolution of soundscapes as a management concern
Understanding soundscapes
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A growing body of research has documented the potential impacts of outdoor recreation and other activities in national parks and related areas (Hammitt and Cole 1998; Leung and Marion 2001). These impacts apply to multiple components of the landscape, including soil, vegetation, water, and wildlife. For example, visitors to parks can trample fragile vegetation, compact and erode soils, pollute water, and disturb wildlife. Moreover, there are often aesthetic implications of these impacts that can degrade the quality of the visitor experience (Manning et al. 2004). Research and management attention has logically extended from conventional landscapes to “soundscapes,” or the acoustic environment, and includes consideration of aural impacts of human-caused noise.

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Integrating soundscapes into National Park Service planning
Excerpt from Governors Island General Management Plan
Conserving the wild life therein--Protecting park fauna from anthropogenic noise
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Soundscape management at Grand Canyon National Park
Tools of the trade: An example of using spectrograms to count fixed-wing aircraft
Visually impaired students help collect acoustic data in Grand Canyon National Park
Protecting the acoustic conditions at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Generator noise along the U.S.-Mexico border
Airport expansion adjacent to San Antonio Missions
A program of research to support management of visitor-caused noise at Muir Woods National Monument
Modeling and mapping hikers’ exposure to transportation noise in Rocky Mountain National Park
Aircraft overflights at national parks: Conflict and its potential resolution
Managing the natural soundscape: The National Park Service as a learning organization
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