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Author Walmsley, L.; Hanna, L.; Mouland, J.; Martial, F.; West, A.; Smedley, A.R.; Bechtold, D.A.; Webb, A.R.; Lucas, R.J.; Brown, T.M.
Title Colour As a Signal for Entraining the Mammalian Circadian Clock Type Journal Article
Year 2015 Publication PLoS Biology Abbreviated Journal PLoS Biol
Volume 13 Issue 4 Pages e1002127
Keywords Animals; biology; color; circadian disruption; animal models; mouse models; Suprachiasmatic Nucleus; Photoperiod; twilight
Abstract Twilight is characterised by changes in both quantity (“irradiance”) and quality (“colour”) of light. Animals use the variation in irradiance to adjust their internal circadian clocks, aligning their behaviour and physiology with the solar cycle. However, it is currently unknown whether changes in colour also contribute to this entrainment process. Using environmental measurements, we show here that mammalian blue-yellow colour discrimination provides a more reliable method of tracking twilight progression than simply measuring irradiance. We next use electrophysiological recordings to demonstrate that neurons in the mouse suprachiasmatic circadian clock display the cone-dependent spectral opponency required to make use of this information. Thus, our data show that some clock neurons are highly sensitive to changes in spectral composition occurring over twilight and that this input dictates their response to changes in irradiance. Finally, using mice housed under photoperiods with simulated dawn/dusk transitions, we confirm that spectral changes occurring during twilight are required for appropriate circadian alignment under natural conditions. Together, these data reveal a new sensory mechanism for telling time of day that would be available to any mammalian species capable of chromatic vision.
Address Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
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Publisher PLOS Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language (down) English Original Title
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ISSN 1544-9173 ISBN Medium
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Notes PMID:25884537 Approved no
Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 1152
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Author Elvidge, C. D.; Baugh, K. E.; Dietz, J. B.; Bland, T.; Sutton, P. C.; Kroehl, H. W.
Title Radiance calibration of DMSP-OLS low-light imaging data of human settlements. Type Journal Article
Year 1999 Publication Remote Sensing of Environment Abbreviated Journal
Volume 68 Issue 1 Pages 77-88
Keywords Remote Sensing; DMSP; DMSP-OLS; satellite; night lights; light pollution
Abstract Nocturnal lighting is a primary method for enabling human activity. Outdoor lighting is used extensively worldwide in residential, commercial, industrial, public facilities, and roadways. A radiance calibrated nighttime lights image of the United States has been assembled from Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). The satellite observation of the location and intensity of nocturnal lighting provide a unique view of humanities presence and can be used as a spatial indicator for other variables that are more difficult to observe at a global scale. Examples include the modeling of population density and energy related greenhouse gas emissions.
Address NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, CO USA
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Publisher Elsevier Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language (down) English Original Title
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Call Number LoNNe @ kagoburian @ Serial 930
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Author Manning, R.; Rovelstad, E.; Moore, C.; Hallo, J.; Smith, B.
Title Indicators and standards of quality for viewing the night sky in the national parks Type Journal Article
Year 2015 Publication ParkScience Abbreviated Journal ParkScience
Volume 32 Issue 1 Pages
Keywords Society; National parks; resource management; National Park Service; Acadia National Park
Abstract Night skies are increasingly recognized as an important park resource that demands more management attention. Management of night skies can be guided by a management-by-objectives framework that requires formulation of indicators and standards of quality. Two surveys were conducted at Acadia National Park to identify indicators and standards for stargazing. The first survey used an importance –performance approach and documented light pollution as an important indicator variable. The second survey used a normative approach and visual simulations to identify a range of standards of quality for light pollution. This program of research was designed to help inform management of night skies at Acadia and other parks.
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Publisher National Park Service Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language (down) English Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 1090-9966 ISBN Medium
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Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 1285
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Author Zamorano Calvo, J.; Sánchez de Miguel, A.; Nievas Rosillo, M.; Tapia Ayuga, C.
Title NixNox procedure to build Night Sky Brightness maps from SQM photometers observations Type Report
Year 2014 Publication E-prints Complutense Abbreviated Journal
Volume Issue 26982 Pages
Keywords Skyglow; measurement; SQM; SQM-L; mapping
Abstract The NixNox procedure to build all-sky maps of the nocturnal night sky brightness using SQM photometers is described. Astronomers belonging to amateur associations in Spain are using this observational method to obtain data of their preferred sites of observation to characterize the astronomical quality of the sky and the sources of light pollution.
Address Departamento de Astrofísica y Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Complutense – 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Publisher Universidad Complutense Place of Publication Madrid Editor
Language English Summary Language (down) English Original Title
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Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 1435
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Author Berthaume, T.S.
Title Light Pollution: A Case for Federal Regulation? Type Journal Article
Year 2007 Publication Graduate Thesis. Rochester, New York: Rochester Institute of Technology Abbreviated Journal
Volume Issue Pages
Keywords Society; law; policy; public policy; light pollution; regulation; United States; regulation
Abstract The purpose of this thesis is to examine the body of evidence concerning light pollution and exposure to artificial light and determine if the scientific research warrants regulatory oversight in the United States. The first question that guided this effort was: Does improper artificial lighting and exposure to light-at-night constitute a risk to human health and safety? The follow up question being: Is light pollution a concern to ecological systems, and if so to what extent? A comprehensive literature review was conducted to ascertain the status of the research—if any—in these two areas and what the findings were. The overarching purpose of this thesis was to answer the primary question: Does the scientific research on light pollution and exposure to light-at-night exposure make a case for regulatory oversight, within the mandate of the EPA? The questions were illuminated by conducting a thorough literature review, doing an informal email survey, and by in-depth interviews with people researching artificial light and with individuals in the EPA. The study concluded that there is no ready consensus to be reached in this area. Such a disparate topic as light pollution does not readily lend itself to an easy answer. However, the findings show that light pollution and light-at-night exposure do have some negative impact. This is especially true in regards to the night sky and the biota. Whether the EPA should be involved in regulating it is not entirely clear. Their mission statement leads one to presume that certain effects of light pollution do fall under their mandate. More research to quantify the effects of artificial light on humans is critically needed to show causation between artificial light exposure and health problems.
Address Society; law; policy; public policy; light pollution; regulation; United States
Corporate Author Thesis Master's thesis
Publisher Rochester Institute of Technology Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language (down) English Original Title
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Notes Approved no
Call Number LoNNe @ kagoburian @ Serial 995
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