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3D Point Clouds and Eye Tracking for Investigating the Perception and Acceptance of Power Lines in Different Landscapes

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Wissen Hayek Ulrike, Müller Kilian, Göbel Fabian, Kiefer Peter, Spielhofer Reto, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne,
Project ENERGYSCAPE: Landscape strategy for renewable energy systems
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Multimodal Technologies and Interaction
Volume (Issue) 3(2)
Page(s) 40 - 40
Title of proceedings Multimodal Technologies and Interaction
DOI 10.3390/mti3020040

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


The perception of the visual landscape impact is a significant factor explaining the public’s acceptance of energy infrastructure developments. Yet, there is lack of knowledge how people perceive and accept power lines in certain landscape types and in combination with wind turbines, a required setting to achieve goals of the energy turnaround. The goal of this work was to demonstrate how 3D point cloud visualizations could be used for an eye tracking study to systematically investigate the perception of landscape scenarios with power lines. 3D visualizations of near-natural and urban landscapes were prepared based on data from airborne and terrestrial laser scanning. These scenes were altered with varying amounts of the respective infrastructure, and they provided the stimuli in a laboratory experiment with 49 participants. Eye tracking and questionnaires served for measuring the participants’ responses. The results show that the point cloud-based simulations offered suitable stimuli for the eye tracking study. Particularly for the analysis of guided perceptions, the approach fostered an understanding of disturbing landscape elements. A comparative in situ eye tracking study is recommended to further evaluate the quality of the point cloud simulations, whether they produce similar responses as in the real world.