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Soundscape Approach

Sound can be a stressor, and noise pollution is defined as unwanted elements of sound. Soundscape, on the other hand, takes into account how the sound is perceived by a listener.  The ability to sleep or relax is crucial to health, and it is reasonably clear when it is not possible due to noise. The quality of a soundscape, however, (much like a visual landscape) affects how we feel and how supportive of health our environment is. Where the soundscape quality is high, it is supportive of the health and well-being of humans and the survival and conservation of other species, whereas the contrary is the case where soundscape quality is low.


Taking a soundscape approach means not considering the acoustic parameters like level and frequency into account that would traditionally be the case for noise impact assessments, but considering the subjective perception psycho-acoustic parameters as well as the non-acoustic factors. By establishing a soundscape baseline, it is possible to identify interventions to either protect people from low-quality environments or, where possible, to enhance and improve the quality of a soundscape. Furthermore, it then becomes possible to define pristine and tranquil areas meaningfully so they can be protected. This we believe is the future of using Acoustics to help life thrive sustainably, because IF we make it thorough the climate crisis we still need to work out how to make it work in practice whether in a vibrant urban centre of rural idyll. Get in touch if you would like us to get you ahead of the game, which is currently under consultation in Wales and likely to be needed as a service near you soon. 

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