The Nordic Soundscapes Network
The Nordic Soundscapes Research Network (NSRN) addresses the foundational acoustic elements of conservation, experience of natural environments and sustainability.
Why focus on soundscapes?
Sound is an important environmental signal that contributes to our sense of place and the way humans and other species live and thrive. This weaving of sounds and perception of sounds within place is called the soundscape. Natural soundscapes are where individuals are able to perceive sounds uninhibited from (human) noise and have been shown to be vital components of biodiversity and sense of place in outdoor life (friluftsliv). However, development and noise pollution in Nordic natural areas threaten their existence and consequently contribute to deteriorated ecosystem functioning and benefits derived from outdoor recreation . People feel less connected to nature when noise is present. Less connection to nature, in turn, undermines pro-environmental behavior which is paramount to achieving sustainability. Through the investigation of natural sounds, we can also develop theories of human and natural entanglement – the socio-natural experience of our time and the starting point for re-framing a human commitment to nature and community.
NSRN's primary goal is streamlining current soundscapes research and practice in the Nordic context to develop acoustic tools that help conservation efforts and environmental planning. We mobilize sounds-related research in the Nordic countries to address key knowledge gaps regarding the aural aspects of the interweave of Nordic nature and culture.
NSRN's mission is to facilitate relevant research about natural sounds and noise pollution in rural and urban natural and semi-natural areas in order to develop management tools to preserve biodiversity and the myriad cultural relationships to Nordic places.