Changes in Light Pollution and the Causing Factors in China’s Protected Areas, 1992–2012
AbstractThe natural nighttime light environment of the earth has been significantly transformed by human activities. Such “light pollution” has a profound influence on ecosystems. Protected areas (PAs) play key ecological functions and are only effective at low light pollution levels or without any light pollution. In China, with rapid population growth and high urbanization rates, light pollution in PAs continues to aggravate and threaten a number of ecosystems. We used calibrated nighttime light images to study spatial-temporal changes in light pollution in China’s PAs from 1992 to 2012 by classifying light pollution into three levels (moderate, medium, and strong). The results showed that in China’s PAs, the area subject to light pollution increased by about 1.79 times, with a significant increase in the intensity of artificial light. The changes in light pollution exhibited significant regional differences. In the eastern developed regions, light pollution was more significant than that in other regions and the situation in East China was the most severe. In the Qinghai-Tibet, although light pollution was less significant, the area subject to light pollution increased significantly over the evaluated period. Factors influencing light pollution were also analyzed. Light pollution in a PA is influenced by both human activities and its own characteristics. View Full-Text
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Xiang, W.; Tan, M. Changes in Light Pollution and the Causing Factors in China’s Protected Areas, 1992–2012. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 1026.
Xiang W, Tan M. Changes in Light Pollution and the Causing Factors in China’s Protected Areas, 1992–2012. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(10):1026.Chicago/Turabian Style
Xiang, Wenli; Tan, Minghong. 2017. "Changes in Light Pollution and the Causing Factors in China’s Protected Areas, 1992–2012." Remote Sens. 9, no. 10: 1026.
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