Spatial scale influences how people value and perceive green open space

Ives, C, Gordon, A, Oke, C, Raymond, C, Hehir, A and Bekessy, S 2018, 'Spatial scale influences how people value and perceive green open space', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 61, no. 12, pp. 2133-2150.


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Title Spatial scale influences how people value and perceive green open space
Author(s) Ives, C
Gordon, A
Oke, C
Raymond, C
Hehir, A
Bekessy, S
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume number 61
Issue number 12
Start page 2133
End page 2150
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Abstract It is important for landscape planners and managers to understand how urban residents value and interact with green open spaces. However, the effect of spatial scale on values and perceptions of green open spaces has, to date, received little attention. This study explored the influence of spatial scale using Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) methods in the Lower Hunter region of Australia. By asking respondents to assign markers denoting various values and preferences to green spaces displayed on maps of their suburb and municipality, the influence of scale was assessed experimentally. A greater abundance and diversity of value markers were consistently assigned at the suburb scale, yet this pattern was more pronounced for some values (e.g. physical activity) than others (e.g. nature, cultural significance). The strength of this relationship was related to socio-demographic variables such as education and income. These results have implications for understanding human-environment relationships and the use of PPGIS techniques to inform environmental planning.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Environment Policy
Keyword(s) green open space
landscape values
human-nature relationships
public participation GIS
spatial scale
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09640568.2017.1388219
Copyright notice © 2017 Newcastle University
ISSN 0964-0568
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