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Determination of the Visual Preferences of Different Habitat Types

Version 1 : Received: 13 July 2018 / Approved: 13 July 2018 / Online: 13 July 2018 (17:07:05 CEST)

How to cite: Eroğlu, E.; Kaya, S..; Dogan, T.G..; Meral, A.; Demirci, S.; Başaran, N..; Corbaci, O.L.. Determination of the Visual Preferences of Different Habitat Types. Preprints 2018, 2018070243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0243.v1). Eroğlu, E.; Kaya, S..; Dogan, T.G..; Meral, A.; Demirci, S.; Başaran, N..; Corbaci, O.L.. Determination of the Visual Preferences of Different Habitat Types. Preprints 2018, 2018070243 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0243.v1).

Abstract

The unique qualities of areas with natural landscape features help provide sustainability. Moreover, their different vegetation covers and ecosystems contribute to the preservation of their visual attraction. In recent years, the demand for natural areas has not only been seen at a recreational level, but has also become associated with the conservation and sustainability of those areas. Although the concept of sustainability is expressed from an ecological point of view, studies indicate that the visual aspect is also an important component. Thus, in this study, a visual quality assessment was carried out which considered both objective and subjective evaluations of different habitat types. Efteni lake-wetland and Melen Ağzı dunes (Düzce), Anzer, Ayder, and Çat Düzü highlands (Rize), and Sultanmurat and Taşli highlands (Trabzon) were selected as the study areas. A visual quality analysis was conducted with a total of 43 participants (23 students, 16 local inhabitants and four lecturers) in order establish their preferences in areas with different landscape characteristics. For the determination of the visual qualifications of these areas, a total of 24 photographs showing typical images representing each habitat type (three photographs for each) were employed. Taking perceptual parameters into consideration, assessment of visual quality was made according to the points given to each photo by the participants. Consequently, differences in visual quality were found to be influenced by the demographic status of the participants, differences in habitat types, recreational trends and the conservation status of the habitats.

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Subject Areas

Habitat types, visual differences, landscape characteristics.

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