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The goal of this research is to understand public stakeholder perceptions and landscape preferences for silvicultural treatments used to restore northern dry forest and barrens ecological communities in the US (Upper Great Lakes Region). Research questions address four study objectives: 1. Landscape Treatment Preferences: How do different levels (intensities) of overstory and understory treatments affect landscape preferences? 2. Aesthetics and Ecological Design: How do the size and shape of stand treatments and arrangement of remaining trees within low density treatment levels effect preferences? 3. Ecological Information: Can information provided to stakeholders describing the purpose of restoration treatments increase their preferences and/or acceptability of more open dry forest and barrens landscapes? 4. User and Interest Group Differences: Do different user and interest groups view restoration treatments differently? How do aesthetic preferences for the treatments compare with other response dimensions such as management acceptability or suitability for a given recreational activity

This project establishes a permanent transboundary visitor monitoring in the Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Parks. Increasing recreational use pressured and conflicts with nature conservation and among area users request reliable data on visitors for a sustainable and successful visitor management. Therefore, data on the temporal-spatial use and socio-demographic characteristics of visitors, visitors needs and expectations etc. are useful for park management to provide a high quality of the visitor experience. Data are also useful for visitor information, education, and visitor management. Because of the transboundary situation, a common visitor monitoring and management between the two national parks is needed. This project develops the basics for a transboundary and permanent socio-economic visitor monitoring.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2019-08-31

Everyday school life challenges pupils’ well-being as well as their cognitive skills. They are less able to concentrate, cannot sufficiently absorb the subject matters and are not balanced. The need to restore during school lessons is crucial, but what are the places in the school and living environments, where pupils can restore cognitive performance? The project Green4brain investigates and compares restorative effects of different places in the school and living environments of adolescents. Three Viennese schools work together with researchers from recreation planning, environmental health and environmental engineering. The project starts with the recording of everyday life of the involved pupils: In a first step, they will survey their own recreational places within the school and the living environment during different seasons with video clips. Afterwards, they analyse and reflect their own recreation behaviour and experiences with these places using concept maps. In a second step, the restorative effects of several places on the wellbeing and the concentrativeness of pupils are measured in a standardised way. Different non-invasive psychological, physical and cognitive methods will be used. The measurements are planned in the school environment and in a public green space in different seasons. A quantitative survey based on an image-based choice model will analyse how public green spaces should be designed to attract people also in the vegetation-free season. Finally, adolescents reflect and synthesise the results of different work packages and develop strategies to improve the restorative quality of their school environment in a future lab. The project is founded by the Sparkling Science programme.

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