Analysis of ambient noise influence on recording of unique Arctic soundscape – Kapp Linné, Svalbard
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Soundscape interacts with landscape perception and affects the sense of place and its cultural significance. Moreover, its quality is important for human and wildlife wellbeing. Therefore scientists emphasize that it should be considered natural resources worthy of management and conservation.Paper presents analysis of ambient noise influence on soundscape of Kapp Linné Bird Sanctuary. This unique place is reserve located at the south side of the outlet of Isfjorden on Spitsbergen, Svalbard. The reserve covers also the sea and surrounding islands up to 300 m from the shore with low tide. There is a Isfjord Radio at the northern border of the reserve. It was build in 1933 and now it is used for tourist purposes. During research expedition to Svalbard in July 2018 SPL measurements and ambisonic recordings were made in Isfjord Radio and nearby. A generator that powers the station and the hotel has the sound level 65 dB SPL (5 meters). Based on the designated sound power levels of noise sources noise maps have been drawn. The aim of the analysis is to illustrate that in nature reserve not only landscape with wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological but also soundscape should be protected.