Sustainabilities and Cultural Landscapes in West Namibia
6. Navigating Soundscape Research: A Review of Literature at the Intersection of Sound and Environmental Studies
Reylon Yount, with a Foreword by Angela Impey (November 2018)
Abstract. There is a growing body of literature at the intersection of sound studies and environmental studies. Academics use various terms to characterise research at this intersection, including “soundscape ecology”, “soundscape studies”, and “acoustic ecology”. However, the lexical and methodological distinctions between these subfields remain unclear. This paper summarises some of the key definitions and theories that structure the fields at the intersection of sound studies and environmental studies. The aim of the paper is to assist those interested in this emerging field to navigate the various terms and concepts at its core.
Key words. Soundscape; soundscape ecology; soundscape studies; acoustic ecology; ecoacoustics