Researchers develop Night Mapper survey system to map pollution

Researchers develop Night Mapper survey system to map pollution

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UK: An academic and industry link-up has resulted in the development of specialist new survey equipment, called Night Mapper. The system aims to map light pollution and reduce energy costs by cutting wastage. The University of Leicester has worked with Bluesky International to develop the world’s first integrated night mapping system. Night Mapper uses LiDAR survey equipment and imaging sensors linked to an adapted camera to capture data. It’s hoped the system will be used by town and city managers to assess where they are wasting money on unnecessary lighting.

Experts from the university’s Space Research Centre worked on the design of the instruments which will be used for the night-time surveys. The system provides accurate positions, detailed 3D measurements and thermal images to assess heat loss and the height of the light. “We are in the process of interpreting this data to derive information which may be valuable to local authorities and a variety of interested groups. These images will reveal valuable information on our use of artificial lights in our urban environments, and the impact they may have on humans, natural ecosystems, and our use of energy,” said Dr Roland Leigh, University of Leicester.

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