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Pilot Measurement of Illuminance in the Context of Light Pollution Performed with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, Lodz University of Technology, 90-924 Lodz, Poland
Remote Sens. 2020, 12(13), 2124; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12132124
Received: 16 June 2020 / Revised: 29 June 2020 / Accepted: 29 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Remote Sensing)
This article presents the methodology and results of pilot field illuminance measurements using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The main goal of the study was to quantify the luminous flux emitted in the upper hemisphere (toward the sky) based on obtained measurement data. The luminous flux emitted toward the sky is the source of undesirable light pollution. For test purposes, a height-adjustable mobile park lantern was constructed, at the top of which any type of luminaire can be installed. In the pilot measurements, two real opal sphere-type luminaires were considered. The lantern was situated in an open area located away from a large city agglomeration. To determine the unusable luminous flux, illuminance was measured, placing the necessary measuring equipment on board a UAV. The measurements were supplemented with the registration of illuminance on the ground upon which the lantern was installed. Based on these data, the useful luminous flux was calculated. The findings show that UAVs may be successfully used for the assessment of the influence of lighting on the light pollution effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: lighting technique; unmanned aerial vehicle; illuminance distribution; luminaire; useless luminous flux; light pollution lighting technique; unmanned aerial vehicle; illuminance distribution; luminaire; useless luminous flux; light pollution
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Tabaka, P. Pilot Measurement of Illuminance in the Context of Light Pollution Performed with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2124.

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