05 Feb Results From the Soundscape Research
One last thing! If you’ve been following my internship journey as I’ve been working on the soundscape monitoring project you might be wondering… what happened to the project?
Don’t fret as I have come to share the results of the study. While I wrote a technical report that goes into the details of the research, I also created a StoryMap with an overview of the project written for anyone interested in soundscapes. A StoryMap is a type of website template that allows people to more easily share stories with maps. The soundscape StoryMap for Glacier was published on the National Park Service domain and is accessible by the public.
An interactive website makes it easy for anyone to learn about science since it is written for the public to read so it lacks complicated scientific jargon and is free to access, unlike articles in many scientific journals.
The results of the soundscape project show that the median sound level for all sites decreased since the 2004 baseline study. Additionally, the percentage of time that propeller planes were audible decreased at Logan Pass, but stayed relatively the same at sites closer to the currently authorized route for airtours, which are low flying aircraft for visitor sightseeing. However, the percentage of time that vehicles were audible increased at Logan Pass. Check out the StoryMap to learn more!
When you get to the StoryMap don’t miss the Fieldwork Challenges section, which has audio of one of the bears that knocked over the equipment in its curious adventures and photos of before and after the occurrence.
If the button doesn’t work use this link: https://www.nps.gov/maps/stories/soundscape-monitoring-in-glacier-national-park.html
I hope you enjoy the StoryMap with an overview of the project. Thanks for tuning in!