Spatial scale influences how people value and perceive green open space

Ives, Christopher D. and Gordon, Ascelin and Oke, Cathy and Raymond, Christopher M. and Hehir, Ailish and Bekessy, Sarah A. (2017) Spatial scale influences how people value and perceive green open space. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management . ISSN 1360-0559 (In Press)

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Abstract

It is important for landscape planners and managers to understand how urban residents value and interact with green open spaces. However, the effect of spatial scale on values and perceptions of green open spaces has to date received little attention. This study explored the influence of spatial scale using Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) methods in the Lower Hunter region of Australia. By asking respondents to assign markers denoting various values and preferences to green spaces displayed on maps of their suburb and municipality, the influence of scale could be assessed experimentally. A greater abundance and diversity of value markers were consistently assigned at the suburb scale, yet this pattern was more pronounced for some values (e.g. physical activity) than others (e.g. nature, cultural significance). The strength of this relationship was related to socio-demographic variables such as education and income. These results have implications for understanding human-environment relationships and the use of PPGIS techniques to inform environmental planning.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Green open space; landscape values; human-nature relationships; Public Participation GIS; Spatial Scale
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 11:01
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 17:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46907

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