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School of Geography

Robert Pheasant Dr Robert Pheasant

Contact details

Room 10.09 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
R.J.Pheasant

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33330

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Work in progress

Projects and work in progress

  • One of the outputs of the EU INTEREG IVB INNERS (Innovative Energy Recovery Strategies within the urban water cycle) project was the production of a spreadsheet based Energy Balance Assessment Tool (EBAT) that showed energy usage and equivalent CO2 for a specific catchment. This is available along with a user guide and full literature review at inners.eu/ebat
  • An 18 month study into the auditory and visual parameters that individuals draw upon when assessing how wild an environment is perceived to be, in terms of its perceived naturalness and remoteness, resulted in the proposal of a Wildness Rating Prediction Tool (WRAPT) for use within the UK.
  • A study carried out in partnership with the University of Sheffield’s Academic Clinical Psychiatry Unit used images of natural environments and modelled pink noise, to identify the extent to which audition and vision interact within the perceptive process of environmental characterization. The study involved using fMRI brain scans of volunteers who were assessing how tranquil two contrasting environments were perceived to be. The results identified that when presented with a visual scene without an accompanying auditory input, the part of the brain responsible for auditory processing was activated. Thereby suggesting that vision has the capability of turning audition on.