Open-source acoustic model development for natural & protected environments

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Abstract

Natural quiet and the sounds of nature are important natural resources and experiencing them is an important aspect of outdoor recreation experiences. Anthropogenic sound can negatively impact these resources and diminish the benefits realized from outdoor recreation. On public lands where many types of recreation share trails and landscapes, the sounds produced by some types of recreation (e.g., motorized recreation) can negatively impact the experiences of others (e.g., non-motorized recreation). To effectively manage public resources including natural soundscapes and recreation opportunities, public land and recreation managers need an understanding of the effects of recreation-caused sounds like those associated with motorized recreation. Acoustic models for recreation and protected areas provide an essential tool to help in predicting sound levels generated by these anthropogenic sources and can aid in studying the extent of potential recreation conflicts and other negative impacts, while providing information to help mitigate and manage them. An open-source outdoor sound propagation model integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lays out a good foundation for mapping visitor experience affected by sound sources like gas compressors and motorized recreation sounds. The results thus produced present a preliminary version of an outdoor sound propagation tool, to assist parks and forest services in making important management decisions to refine visitor experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of INTER-NOISE 2021 - 2021 International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering
EditorsTyler Dare, Stuart Bolton, Patricia Davies, Yutong Xue, Gordon Ebbitt
PublisherThe Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781732598652
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event50th International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2021 - Washington, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2021Aug 5 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of INTER-NOISE 2021 - 2021 International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering

Conference

Conference50th International Congress and Exposition of Noise Control Engineering, INTER-NOISE 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period8/1/218/5/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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