Special Issue "Light Pollution Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Data II"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Martin Aubé
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1E 4K1, Canada
Interests: light pollution; remote sensing and modelling; lighting standards
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Dr. Andreas Jechow
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Ecohydrology, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, Germany
2. Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Interests: inland water remote sensing; lake color; water quality; proximity sensing; optical sensors; light pollution; night-time lights; environmental monitoring
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Light pollution has recently shifted into the focus of science and nature conservation as a novel environmental threat, and numerous studies have demonstrated the deleterious effects of artificial light at night. Its negative impact on flora and fauna as well as on astronomical observations is well documented. More recently, studies have shown the potential threat it poses to human health. In addition to these unwanted effects, light pollution is often linked to the inefficient use of energy and therefore represents an unnecessary expense, which has side effects on climate change. In fact, for a large part of the planet, the required energy for lighting is produced mainly using fossil fuels.

To properly monitor the spatial and temporal evolution of this new type of pollution, it is essential to develop suitable remote sensing methods. Several approaches are currently being explored in this direction, including the use of satellite data, images taken by astronauts from the International Space Station, or observations from stratospheric balloons or airborne platforms such as drones and airplanes. At the same time, many techniques have been developed for the ground-based remote sensing of light pollution, and ground detection networks are being implemented with a variety of approaches.

The main challenges are the detection of the angular and spectral properties of light pollution, as well as its temporal variation. The spectral properties are of crucial importance with regard to impact on living organisms, and angular distribution is essential to improve light pollution modelling. In this Special Issue, we want to bring together the most recent advances made in the remote sensing of light pollution using spaceborne, airborne, and ground-based devices. We expect a diverse collection of works to foster new developments in this relatively new field of research.

Prof. Dr. Martin Aubé
Dr. Andreas Jechow
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Light pollution
  • Skyglow
  • Glare
  • Light trespass
  • Multiangular properties of lighting
  • Multispectral properties of lighting
  • Remote sensing
  • Detection networks
  • Detection platforms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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