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ALAN 5 will take place from the 12.-14. Nov. in Snowbird, Utah, US.

Night Sky Data to the People!

A new website presents citizen science data

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Our touring exhibition with 15 posters can be borrowed for events!

'Loss of the Night' App

The 'Loss of the Night' app measures sky brightness! Take part in a world-wide citizen science project that measures star visibility and light pollution. The app is free!

City Night Time Lapse

This growing collection of time lapse videos of nights in urban centres provides insights how city lights change throughout the course of the night

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Overview of Ecological Light Pollution


Posch T, Hölker F, Freyhoff A, Uhlmann T (Hrsg.): Das Ende der Nacht. Lichtsmog: Gefahren – Perspektiven – Lösungen. 2. Auflage, Wiley-VCH Verlag 2013, pp. 231.

Held M, Hölker F, Jessel B (2013) Schutz der Nacht – die andere Hälfte des Natur- und Landschaftsschutzes. 
In: Held, M., Hölker, F. & Jessel, B. (2013) Schutz der Nacht - Lichtverschmutzung, Biodiversität und Nachtlandschaft. - BfN-Skripten 336: 13- 16.

Held M, Hölker F (2013) Ökologie der Zeit und künstliche Beleuchtung in der Nacht. In: Held, M., Hölker, F. & Jessel, B. (2013) Schutz der Nacht - Lichtverschmutzung, Biodiversität und Nachtlandschaft. - BfN-Skripten 336:23-26 

Hotz T, Bontadina F (2008): Ökologische Auswirkungen künstlicher Beleuchtung Grundlagenbericht. 78S.

Perkin EK , Hölker F, Tockner K (2014) The effects of artificial lighting on adult aquatic and terrestrial insects. Freshwater Biology 59 (2): 368–377.

Gaston KJ, Bennie J, Davies TW, Hopkins J (2013) The ecological impacts of nighttime light pollution: a mechanistic appraisal.Biological Reviews 88 (4): 912–927.

Kyba CCM, Hölker F (2013) Do artificially illuminated skies affect biodiversity in nocturnal landscapes?.Landscape Ecology 28 (9): 1637-1640 free author copy[PDF].

Meyer LA, Sullivan SMP (2013) Bright lights, big city: influences of ecological light pollution on reciprocal stream-riparian invertebrate fluxes. Ecological Applications, 23: 1322-1330.

Davies TW, Bennie J, Gaston KJ (2012) Street lighting changes the composition of invertebrate communities. Biology Letters 8: 764-767.

Longcore T, Rich C, Mineau P, MacDonald B, Bert DG, Sullivan LM, Mutrie E, Gauthreaux SA, Avery ML, Crawford RL, Manville AM, Travis ER, Drake D (2012)An Estimate of Avian Mortality at Communication Towers in the United States and Canada. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34025

Mattfeld M, Ehlers F, Reichenback M (2012): Optimising the Lighting Equipment on the Mittelplate Drilling and Production Island in the German Wadden Sea Tidelands. Oil Gas European Magazine, 38: 90-94

Gaston KJ, Davies TW, Bennie J, Hopkins J (2012): Reducing the ecological consequences of night-time light pollution: options and developments. Journal of Applied Ecology

Bruce-White C, Shardlow M (2011): A Review of the Impact of Artificial Light on Invertebrates. Buglife- The Invertebrate Conservation Trust.

Falchi F, Cinzano P, Elvidge CD, Keith DM, Haim A (2011): Limiting the impact of light pollution on human health, environment and stellar visibility. Journal of Environmental Management 92, 2714-2722

Lyytimäka J, Tapio P, Assmuth T (2011): Unawareness in environmental protection: The case of light pollution from traffic. Land Use Policy

Rodrigues P, Aubrecht C, Gil A, Longcore T, Elvidge C (2011): Remote sensing to map influence of light pollution on Cory's shearwater in São Miguel Island, Azores Archipelago. Eur J Wildl Res

Horváth G, Kriska G, Malik P, Robertson B (2009): Polarized light pollution: a new kind of ecological photopollution. Front Ecol Environ 7: 317-325

Kunz TH, Gauthreaux SA, Hristov NI, Horn JW, Jones G, et al. (2008): Aeroecology: probing and modeling the aerosphere. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48: 1-11

Deda P, Elbertzhagen I, Klussmann M (2007): Light Pollution and the impacts on biodiversity, species and their habitats.In: Marín C, Jafari J (eds) nternational Conference in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky and the Right to Observe the Stars, April 19-20, 2007. Starlight Initiative, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, p.177–183 Navara KJ, Nelson RJ (2007): The dark side of light at night: physiological, epidemiological, and ecological consequences. J Pineal Res 43: 215-224

Rich C, Longcore T, editors (2006): Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting. Island Press 

Longcore T, Rich C (2004): Ecological light pollution. Front Ecol Environ 2: 191-198