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Title: The effects of quarry treatment and distance on the attractiveness of reclaimed limestone quarry landscapes in England
Author: Legwaila, Israel A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 2221
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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Establishment and operation of quarries causes a number of different environmental impacts. The most important of these impacts affects the visual quality of landscapes. It is caused by the destruction of the visual form and character of the landscape. In such cases, reclamation of the quarries has been found to enhance the visual quality of the landscapes. Another factor that influences visual quality of quarries is the distance from which they can be seen. Because of the large size, quarries, particularly modern ones, can be seen from near to distant viewpoints (Ramos & Panagopoulos, 2006 ). Besides their size, the extent of their visibility depends on, contrast with the surrounding landscape and location relative to other features in the landscape. The main objective of this research is to establish people's perception of the attractiveness of reclaimed limestone quarries in England. The study attempts to do so through public perception-based approaches to landscape visual quality assessment. Specifically, the research aims to assess different limestone quarry reclamation treatments in order to establish the types of quarry treatments and landscape characteristics that were perceived to be attractive. The study also aims to establish how distance affects perceived attractiveness of the reclaimed quarries, while also providing those tasked with designing reclamation schemes with guidance about the relative attractiveness of different reclamation schemes. Ten different scenarios of reclaimed quarries were simulated using different reclamation techniques and different land uses. From these simulations, fifty still images were captured at different distances along an established transect. Also, Ten animations were recorded along the same transect. These were used in a survey of seventy students having different backgrounds from the University of Sheffield. The images were presented one at time through a data projector to each individual participant. The participants were asked to rate the quarry landscapes on their attractiveness and also to note different landscape characteristics that influenced their ratings for each scene. It was found that participants liked scenes that contained water and trees the most and those that had plain landscapes and highly visible rock the least. It was also concluded that the relation between distance and attractiveness of reclaimed limestone quarry landscapes had a negative correlation coefficient. For the majority of scenes, there was no significant difference in how participants from different academic backgrounds perceived the attractiveness of the quarry landscapes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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