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  • P-ISSN2765-2203
  • E-ISSN2765-2211

Analysis of the Purpose of Visiting Wetlands Using Pictures Posted on Social Media

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea, (P)2765-2203; (E)2765-2211
2022, v.3 no.2, pp.97-102
https://doi.org/10.22920/PNIE.2022.3.2.97
Woong-Bae Park (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)
Siae Park (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)
Tae-Jun Choi (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)
Dae-Hee Kim (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)
Do-Hee Lee (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)
Yuno Do (Department of Biological Science, Kongju National University)

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Abstract

In this study, 4,136 pictures posted on a social media platform were analyzed to discover wetlands that are worth visiting to experience our cultural values. Pictures from 300 of the 2,499 listed wetlands have been posted in South Korea. Proximity of a wetland was the most important criterion, regardless of the type of wetlands that were visited. People visited wetlands at the time and season when they were good for recreational activities. Most of the subjects in the pictures were the visitors and natural scenery of a wetland. There was no correlation observed between the wetland conditions and the number of pictures taken by the visitors. Sightseeing and leisure activities are a significant part of various ecosystem services offered by wetlands, but most of the visitors seem to be unaware that the place they have visited is a wetland. Therefore, wetland awareness programs are needed, even for wetlands close to the residential areas that many people have already visited in this study.

keywords
Image contents Public awareness Wetland awareness program Wetland visitation
Submission Date
2021-10-20
Revised Date
2021-12-10
Accepted Date
2021-12-11

Proceedings of the National Institute of Ecology of the Republic of Korea