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Special Issue "Light Pollution Assessment with Imaging Devices"
A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2019).
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, 12587 Berlin, Germany
Helmholtz Center Potsdam GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Interests: light pollution; ecology; remote sensing; imaging; ecological light pollution; darkness; night
The excessive use of artificial light at night has become a form of environmental pollution—light pollution. Many studies have shown wide ranging consequences of artificial light on flora and fauna, as well as potential risks for human health. This has produced an increased demand for light pollution assessment from the ground, the air and from space.
However, the field of light pollution measurements is still in its infancy compared to other sensor systems. The work horses for global light pollution measurements are the ground-based single channel device called Sky Quality Meter (SQM), mainly used for zenith measurements and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) satellite nighttime sensor (Day/Night Band, DNB). Both solutions suffer from a non-ideal spectral sensitivity to track the recent changes to solid-state lighting technology with LEDs and zenith-only measurements are often insufficient to evaluate impacts of light pollution.
This Special Issue addresses the demand for improved satellite technology and ground-based light pollution measurements across the entire sky (all-sky) ideally with increased spectral sensitivity (multi- or hyperspectral sensors). Contributions about imaging devices and image forming tools are invited including but not limited to:
- Ground-based imaging solutions like wide field optics, custom imaging sensors (i.e., CCDs), the use of consumer cameras (and their modification);
- Citizen science approaches with smart phone cameras;
- Airborne and space-born sensors including new satellite sensors or the use of UAVs;
- Recent developments in multispectral and hyperspectral sensors and color sensors;
- Software and code for image processing in the context of light pollution;
- Systems to produce all-sky maps from single channel devices or individual images (i.e., scanners).
Furthermore, results from light pollution measurements using imaging tools are explicitly invited, especially in the context of ecological light pollution and for different weather conditions (clouds, etc.).
Dr. Andreas Jechow
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- Light pollution
- Ecological light pollution
- Artificial light at night
- Night sky brightness
- Night-time lights