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Author (up) Votsi, N.-E.P.; Kallimanis, A.S.; Pantis, I.D. url  doi
  Title An environmental index of noise and light pollution at EU by spatial correlation of quiet and unlit areas Type Journal Article
  Year 2017 Publication Environmental Pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987) Abbreviated Journal Environ Pollut  
  Volume 221 Issue Pages 459-469  
  Keywords Remote Sensing  
  Abstract Quietness exists in places without human induced noise sources and could offer multiple benefits to citizens. Unlit areas are sites free of human intense interference at night time. The aim of this research is to develop an integrated environmental index of noise and light pollution. In order to achieve this goal the spatial pattern of quietness and darkness of Europe was identified, as well as their overlap. The environmental index revealed that the spatial patterns of Quiet and Unlit Areas differ to a great extent highlighting the importance of preserving quietness as well as darkness in EU. The spatial overlap of these two environmental characteristics covers 32.06% of EU surface area, which could be considered a feasible threshold for protection. This diurnal and nocturnal metric of environmental quality accompanied with all direct and indirect benefits to human well-being could indicate a target for environmental protection in the EU policy and practices.  
  Address Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University, 54124, U.P. Box 119, Thessaloniki, Greece  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0269-7491 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:27989389 Approved no  
  Call Number LoNNe @ kyba @ Serial 1662  
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