QUANTIFYING TRANQUILLITY IN NEW ZEALAND
Presentation by Greg Watts
Wednesday 18 September 2019: 6.00pm for an 6.30pm Start
University of Sheffield, The Diamond Building, Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD
Based on interesting experiences working at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand, the talk covers two projects, both of which involved the assessment of perceived tranquillity. The main study was for the Department of Conservation and aimed at developing a management tool that would be of use in improving the soundscapes in National Parks by controlling tourist helicopter flights and jet boats. A further study involved assessing the noise from high voltage conductors under wet and damp conditions.
Both studies involved recording and playback of sounds under controlled conditions. Because of political sensitivities it was important to include a sample of volunteers drawn from the Maori communities.
Greg Watts is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Acoustics at the University of Bradford and has worked on noise related topics both at the Transport Research Laboratory and the University.
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Sheffield, S3 7RD