Perceiving Environmental Quality

Research and Applications

  • Kenneth H. Craik
  • Ervin H. Zube

Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Environmental Quality Indices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth H. Craik, Ervin H. Zube
      Pages 3-20
  3. Scenic and Recreational Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-26
    2. Kenneth H. Craik, Ervin H. Zube
      Pages 91-97
  4. Residential and Institutional Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-103
    2. Robert B. Bechtel
      Pages 105-122
    3. Robert W. Marans
      Pages 123-147
    4. Kenneth H. Craik, Ervin H. Zube
      Pages 159-167
  5. Air, Water, and Sonic Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-173
    2. Mary L. Barker
      Pages 175-203
    3. Robert E. Coughlin
      Pages 205-227
    4. Neil D. Weinstein
      Pages 229-252
    5. Kenneth H. Craik, Ervin H. Zube
      Pages 253-261
  6. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Kenneth H. Craik, Ervin H. Zube
      Pages 265-288
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-310

About this book


The purpose of this publication is to report on a series of research workshops which examined the place of environmental perception in a comprehensive system of indices for assessing and monitoring trends in environmental quality. The specific objectives of the workshops were to: (1) define the state-of-the-art in research on perception of environmental quality and identify salient conceptual and methodological issues; (2) delineate potential uses of perceived environmental quality indices (PEQIs) and related issues regarding ways in which PEQIs might enhance implementation, revision, or refinement of policy orientations; (3) identify the types of research which would assess adequately the efficacy of the development and the application of PEQIs; and (4) out­ line a realistic, pragmatic research strategy that relates to potential uses and identified policy issues. The workshops were supported by 'a grant from the National Science Foundation, No. GSOC75-0782, and were held during the spring and summer of 1975 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and New York City. Contributed chapters for this volume were commissioned with funds from the Institute for Man and Environment, University of Massachusetts. Scientific contributors to the understanding of environmental per­ ception have increased substantially over the last decade, along with recognition that this realm of knowledge is crucial for an informed perspective on-the impact of man on the environment. At the same time, there exists general consensus that the field remains diffuse and uncoor­ dinated (Lowenthal, 1972b).


development environment research

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth H. Craik
    • 1
  • Ervin H. Zube
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Personality Assessment and ResearchUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Man and EnvironmentUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA

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