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Morpeth Coursework

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Introduction

Is the quality of the environment equally good in all parts of Morpeth? Chapter 1 - Introduction This enquiry will test the question "Is the quality of the environment equally good in all parts of Morpeth?" In simpler terms this means, are the surroundings in Morpeth as good as each other. I am investigating this topic because I have not yet studied towns or cites and I feel this would be a good opportunity to find out what cause certain environments to increase or decrease the quality of the environment. this investigation will include; the amount of traffic in different areas, noise pollution, air pollution, the general quality of the environment, litter count, number of pedestrians per area, vandalism and graffiti. By analyzing these different factors I can explain clearly the answer to the question. Here are two maps that I have described in detail where the key features are; A map to show the key feature in the United Kingdom A map to show key feature in and around Morpeth Morpeth is situated in the Northern east of England in Northumberland. It's approximately 15 miles north from Newcastle upon Tyne and 5 miles west of the North Sea. The River Wansbeck flows through Morpeth into the North Sea. It is exactly 7.5 miles north to the Newcastle International Airport and is 1-2 miles east from the A1 main road. This shows that Morpeth is near the outskirts of Northumberland, but has easy access to known areas. Morpeth is a market town, plenty of retailing shops and business blocks. The Northumberland county council is based in Morpeth. As there have been recent floods in Morpeth this mat affect my investigation as valid evidence could be washed away. The environmental quality should theory change across an urban area, as the Central Business District has more of a purpose for locals to go there, as there are shops, work buildings, doctors and coffee shops. ...read more.

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To test noise pollution, in a group, in a slightly precise way I took my phone because I needed a portable radio player to test the noise pollution in a group. I had to mark the volume control at a relatively low level so I did not disturb the local residents in that area. The points I needed to keep the same are as follows; the same song, the same phone, the same volume, also the same person walking the steps. It is important to keep theses factors the same to keep the test as fair as possible. To test the noise pollution with music, a person had to walk away from the phone playing the music until they could not hear anything. They would then count the amount of steps they have walked and we would then make a note of the figures. The distance told me that the longer the distance the quieter the area. This method did work as we kept everything the same. I came to a conclusion of; the higher the number in steps the quieter the area. I collected this data because it is vital to compare each factor I can to get more information to answer the question accurately. The individual method was hearing the noise pollution, as there is no technical recording equipment available I used a 5 point scale to record noise individually. (See fig3.) All I did was simply stand still for 2 minutes and listen to the noise. It is simple but there are many disadvantages from using it. This method is inaccurate because it has no statistics or facts it is all opinions. This is not affecting my results; however, it is giving the reader an image to work around and to come to a conclusion of why I have chosen the number representing the opinion. (See fig3. for reference). to improve this test I could of bought technical recording equipment but the reason I did not was because it id to expensive. ...read more.

Conclusion

I personally feel that if I wanted the best results I can get my experiment has to be accurate and well structured. Obviously, time was a big consumer as I did not have enough; however, we managed to get data for 10 survey sites and all the tests tested. Pedestrian Count was the factor which I did not prefer to test. It is an inaccurate point to test with no appropriate equipment. There was no general logic to it. I was just counting the amount of people I saw in the period of time I was at that site. The only I tested this factor is because there is a link between pedestrian count and litter is general. The tests that worked really well were the traffic count and the noise pollution test, in a group. I found that these test results were only 1 answer and that is what I prefer; only one right answer. There are not many ways that my data collection can be improved; in my opinion, I feel that we have a suitable methods and accurate results. I am happy how this investigation took place. Data Presentation and Interpretation The methods of my tests had an impact on my results. If I limited the amount of site I tested, my results for litter or pedestrian count, and graffiti would virtually be nothing. I examine the whole area not taking into account any size of what I should be measuring. Maybe I could improve this as I collected my data. I could add more detail of analysis to interpret ate my results. I feel that I did not refer to other maps in different chapters as much as I should of. Also, picking out links between other figures in chapter 3; therefore If I did this I would show an understanding of my results. I have done this but not in so much detail. Conclusion My conclusions are supported by the data presented in chapter 3. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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