TITLE

Visual attractiveness versus water conservation in front yard preferences in the context of drought in Melbourne, Australia

AUTHOR(S)
Chui, S. C. K.
PUB. DATE
June 2014
SOURCE
Australian Journal of Water Resources;2014, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p85
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the recent drought from 1997 to 2010, prolonged water restrictions on outdoor water-use damaged urban and suburban vegetation in Melbourne, Australia. Australia is prone to recurring droughts due to the El Niño Southern Oscillation, and these droughts are predicted to become more frequent and more severe in the coming decades due to climate change. To explore the attitudes of Melbourne residents towards water conservation in household front yards, a survey was conducted in which respondents were presented with six front yard designs and asked to assess each one according to a range of criteria. It was found that the overall desirability of each front yard was not correlated with their water-use requirements, but rather it was most strongly correlated with their rated visual attractiveness. Therefore, it is recommended that any attempts to promote drought-resistant landscaping should give due consideration to the visual attractiveness of the proposed landscaping options.
ACCESSION #
96520048

 

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