A comparative evaluation of scenic assessment instruments for roadside landscapes

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/276572
Title:
A comparative evaluation of scenic assessment instruments for roadside landscapes
Author:
Kocher, Sara Johanna, 1957-
Issue Date:
1987
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This project was initiated to revise the procedures for designation of scenic roads in Arizona. The portions of the procedures which required revision were viewpoint selection and the expert scenic assessment scale. A method for selecting viewpoints was developed based on mapping landscape character types. Three expert scenic assessment scales were evaluated for inclusion in the designation procedure based on the criteria of reliability, validity, generalizability, and utility. Psychology students' global judgements of scenic beauty provided the validity criterion. Three groups of landscape architecture students applied the three expert scales to allow evaluation of the other criteria. All three scales performed well on the selected criteria. The FHWA scale was superior overall. The results suggest that expert scenic assessment scales predict public preferences for a range of landscape types. When the reliability of scenic quality assessment scales is evaluated for the summed dimensions of the scales, reliability is improved substantially compared to previous research.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Landscape assessment -- Arizona.; Roads -- Arizona.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Itami, Robert M.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleA comparative evaluation of scenic assessment instruments for roadside landscapesen_US
dc.creatorKocher, Sara Johanna, 1957-en_US
dc.contributor.authorKocher, Sara Johanna, 1957-en_US
dc.date.issued1987en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis project was initiated to revise the procedures for designation of scenic roads in Arizona. The portions of the procedures which required revision were viewpoint selection and the expert scenic assessment scale. A method for selecting viewpoints was developed based on mapping landscape character types. Three expert scenic assessment scales were evaluated for inclusion in the designation procedure based on the criteria of reliability, validity, generalizability, and utility. Psychology students' global judgements of scenic beauty provided the validity criterion. Three groups of landscape architecture students applied the three expert scales to allow evaluation of the other criteria. All three scales performed well on the selected criteria. The FHWA scale was superior overall. The results suggest that expert scenic assessment scales predict public preferences for a range of landscape types. When the reliability of scenic quality assessment scales is evaluated for the summed dimensions of the scales, reliability is improved substantially compared to previous research.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLandscape assessment -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subjectRoads -- Arizona.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorItami, Robert M.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1332419en_US
dc.identifier.oclc20738607en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b18408308en_US
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