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EXPLORING THE EFFECT OF DEMOGRAPHIC ELEMENTS ON THE EVALUATION OF THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF VARIOUS LANDFORMS – PRELIMINARY RESULTS

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/D&N-V2-N3-247-257

Volume

Volume 2 (2007), Issue 3

Pages

10

Page Range

247 - 257

Author(s)

A. TSOUCHLARAKI

Abstract

This article reports on a piece of research which attempts to take 32 different images of landforms and to show how different classes of people perceive or ‘value’ the scenic beauty of these landforms. This is an interesting question and one which bears research. In this case, the term ‘scenic beauty’ refers to the public preference of various forms of the earth’s relief. It is a fi gure which, even though depends on various subjective factors, aims to quantify the general preference of the public for various landforms. A questionnaire survey takes place to investigate the public preference, using a sample of 221 persons in the area of Athens and Piraeus, and the city suburbs. This area concentrates a very large proportion of Greece’s population and can ensure variety in terms of social and demographic status of the sampled population. The means used to demonstrate the various forms of reliefs are 32 digital relief images, created using an algorithm developed for this purpose. The representative sele

Keywords

analysis of variance, demographic elements, landforms, questionnaire, scenic beauty