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© 2004

Light Pollution Handbook

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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 322)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVIII
  2. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 1-35
  3. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 37-59
  4. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 61-77
  5. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 79-114
  6. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 115-138
  7. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 139-149
  8. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 151-174
  9. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 175-239
  10. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 241-326
  11. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 327-428
  12. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 429-546
  13. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 547-694
  14. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 695-749
  15. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 751-878
  16. Kohei Narisada, Duco Schreuder
    Pages 879-926
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 927-943

About this book

Introduction

This book deals with light pollution and about the ways to reduce it. Light pollution is one of the negative side-effects of artificial outdoor lighting. The term light pollution is an unhappy one, but as no better alternative seems to exist, it will be used throughout this book. The function of all outdoor lighting is to enhance the visibility or the aesthetics in the nighttime environment. The light should come where it is needed. If not, it is spilled, causing economic and environmental losses as well as disturbance and discomfort. The overall effects are termed 'light pollution'; a major form of light pollution is the glow extending over the night sky. Sky glow is discussed in many astronomical textbooks and in many popular brochures. The present book is primarily aimed at those responsible for outdoor lighting installations. Thus, an engineering approach has been chosen. The level of the book is that of 'college' or 'University level'. The book is organized in two parts. The first seven chapters cover the areas of general interest, and conclude with recommendations. The second part deals with the scientific and engineering elaboration of the first part. A number of examples are included that refer to specific outdoor lighting installations and projects that are directly related to the reduction of light pollution. Finally, some information is given about the authors.

Keywords

astronomy environment observatory photometry

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Light Pollution Handbook
  • Authors Kohei Narisada
    Duco Schreuder
  • Series Title Astrophysics and Space Science Library
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-2666-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2665-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-015-7058-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2666-9
  • Series ISSN 0067-0057
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 943
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Environment, general
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Reviews

From the reviews:

"This is an excellent book, extremely comprehensive and very well done. The authors are very experienced lighting engineers, and thoroughly familiar with lighting and with pollution impacts. I know them both well. they have done an excellent job in producing this volume. Both are leaders in teh efforts to reduce the adverse effects of light pollution on humans and on the ecosystem I highly recommend it."

".....it is an excellent reference to most of all aspects of this important topic."
(Newsletter of the International Dark-Sky Association, Issue 62)

 "Light Pollution Handbook (really a two-handbook at 945 pages) is one-stop shopping for nearly every issue related to light pollution."(Planetarian, September 2006)

"Authors cover in this more than 900 page book much more than simply light pollution, they provide background information in both fundamentals and different implications of light pollution. … In summary if somebody has the time to dig deep into the sections of the book, he will find a tremendous amount of interesting data, and especially references to further reading. … It can be recommended for the expert reader, who would like to find out more on the background of a particular subject." (CIE News, Vol. 81, 2007)