The Role of Telephone Survey Data in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER
Amanda Vemuri, Dr. William Burch, Dr. Morgan Grove, and Dr. Matthew Wilson
The Demographic and Socioeconomic Team of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study conducted a telephone survey in metropolitan Baltimore in 2000, collecting information including residentís outdoor recreation behaviors, watershed knowledge, social cohesion, environmental perception, and environmental behavior. The data have been mapped using a GIS to present the results spatially and to allow analysis of spatial relationships among the variables. Additionally, statistical analyses have shown relationships between some of the variables, i.e., the extent of a residentís outdoor recreation interests and their watershed knowledge. A follow-up survey is being conducted in 2003 with additional questions, addressing residentís life satisfaction, environmental satisfaction, and neighborhood satisfaction. These additional questions in combination with ecological data collected by other BES LTER researchers will allow an investigation into the role of the natural environment in quality of life. The follow-up survey will also provide researchers with the beginning of time series data on the questions related to residentís outdoor recreation behaviors, watershed knowledge, social cohesion, environmental perception, and environmental behavior. Mapping change in survey responses over time and change in survey responses within neighborhoods are possible future research endeavors. Finally, the telephone survey data will link to other BES data, including data collected via field observation surveys in the Baltimore region, and ecological field data. The combination of these data sources and types creates a very rich data set for many interdisciplinary inquiries.
Baltimore, survey, environmental behavior, environmental perception, social cohesion, satisfaction