Loss of the Night

LakeLab illuminated by the moon. | Photo: Andreas Jechow, GFZ/IGB

There are often unexpected impacts on nature and society from technology. This is especially true for artificial light at night. In contrast to the highly valuable benefits of artificial illumination, there is a dark side of the light: Artificial illumination is a disturbing factor for all activity associated with darkness. Light pollution increases with unknown impact on nature and society.

For the first time scientists from vastly different fields will work together to study the ecological, chronobiological, cultural as well as socio-economical aspects and impacts of increasing artificial illumination on aquatic and adjacent terrestrial habitats, with Berlin-Brandenburg serving as the main research area. The project will develop the scientific basis for risk and technological impact assessment of artificial light at night.

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Related Projects, that were or are still financed:

  1. COST LonnE
  2. SAW Illuminating lake ecosystems
  3. STARS4ALL
  4. Schutz der Nacht

Short Profile

Duration

01.01.2010
31.12.2013
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 4) Biology and ecology of fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and aquaculture
Research Domain
(CCRD 3) Human-aquatic-ecosystem interactions
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Funded by

Verlust der Nacht: BMBF, Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin, MILIEU

COST LonnE: EU

SAW Illuminating lake ecosystems : Leibniz Gemeinschaft

STARS4ALL: EU

Schutz der Nacht: Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Contact person

Franz Hölker

Research group leader
Working group
Light pollution and ecophysiology
Projects

ILES

Skyglow, the diffuse illumination of the night sky by artificial light, has never before been experienced during evolutionary history. Together with another feature of global change – the brownification of lakes caused by humic substances – skyglow disrupts the current light conditions in lake ecosystems. We will elucidate the ecological consequences of these phenomena and the mechanisms underlying them.
Contact person
Mark Gessner
Franz Hölker
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem research
(Dept. 3) Experimental limnology
(Dept. 4) Biology and ecology of fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and aquaculture
Start
07/2015
End
06/2018
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