The science of scenic beauty

Will you join our groundbreaking new study and help us to deliver better health, happiness and wellbeing to millions of people?

We're working with the Data Science Lab at the University of Warwick to undertake the biggest ever research project into the science of scenic beauty by water. 

Just a few minutes of your time

We need everyone’s help to determine what makes waterway spaces so scenic. We're asking you to rate images of canals and rivers and help us understand the key elements of scenic beauty so that we can protect it.

Whether you're sitting at home, or out and about could you pause for just a few moments to tell us what you find beautiful?

Why are we carrying out this study?

Scenery not just greenery has been shown to be key to better health and wellbeing. A previous study by the University of Warwick found people feel healthier when they spend time in more scenic areas, and that canals make the biggest contribution to scenic beauty in towns and cities. 

We want to understand more about what you find scenic about our canals and rivers. Is it the wildlife, the historic locks or a combination of many things?

By rating how scenic a particular photograph is, you'll enable the scientists at the University of Warwick to gain a deep understanding into what you find important in a canal scene. This will help us to protect what's important to you and improve our canals and rivers where they most need it.

We would like to thank the Geograph project for providing tens of thousands of photos for this study.

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Last date edited: 7 December 2021