Mapping Light Pollution at Brookings, South Dakota (Using SQM, Lux, and GIS Techniques)

Authors: Rakibul Shogib*, South Dakota State University, Jamie Spinney, Assistant Professor
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: mapping light pollution; GIS; SQM; LUX.
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The purpose of this project is to explore the use of sky quality meter (SQM), light meter (LUX), Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for measuring and modeling light pollution at a local scale. Light pollution is a global phenomenon that is increasingly pertinent because of its negative effects. This research aims to collect, compile, analyze, interpret, and visualize light pollution in Brookings South Dakota. This study uses GIS to develop maps for both sky brightness and light intensities and to investigate the spatial and temporal patterns of light pollution and identify concentrations of light pollution across the urban landscape. The results will illuminate those land uses that are most prone to the negative impacts of light pollution. The results should also raise awareness of the social, economic, environmental, and public health implications of light pollution.

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