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Light pollution observed by MIVIS and VIRS 200 during a nocturnal remote sensing campaign over Italy
Author(s): Alessandro Barducci; Paolo Marcoionni; Ivan Pippi; Marco Poggesi
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Paper Abstract

A remote sensing campaign was performed in September 2001 at night-time in order to assess the level of optical pollution due artificial illumination due to cities and industries. Two hyperspectral sensors, namely the MIVIS and the VIRS-200, which provide a spectral coverage from the visible up to the thermal infrared, were flown over the Tuscany coast (Italy) on board of a Casa 220 airplane. The acquired images showed a maximum scene brightness almost equal to that observed during similar day-time measurements, while their average luminosity was three orders of magnitude lower. The measurements, performed under clear-sky conditions during a moonless night, confirmed that artificial illumination produces noticeable effects even at great distance from the considered sources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4886, Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology II, (14 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.463078
Show Author Affiliations
Alessandro Barducci, CNR-IFAC (Italy)
Paolo Marcoionni, CNR-IFAC (Italy)
Ivan Pippi, CNR-IFAC (Italy)
Marco Poggesi, CNR-IFAC (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4886:
Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology II
Manfred Ehlers, Editor(s)

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