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Restoring the Night Sky—Assessment, Training, and Outreach (E&D)

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


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Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

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Project Description

Past lighting assessments and documented sea turtle disorientations along the Alabama coast suggest that anthropogenic light pollution negatively affects Alabama’s natural resources. The project's long-term goal is to reduce light pollution on federally managed lands. Light pollution disorients nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, disrupting their reproductive activities and reducing their reproductive success; and adversely affects a diverse range of other marine and terrestrial species. The project will produce an Alabama coast-wide analysis of the impacts of light pollution on federally managed lands and nearshore waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama, helping to guide future work to mitigate this issue. The project will help restore coastal habitats at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) injured by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill by producing an inventory of artificial light sources that affect the refuge. This project has three primary objectives: 1) use remote sensing and data products to identify locations that disproportionately contribute to light pollution on the Alabama coast; 2) produce a detailed strategy to mitigate the identified problematic lighting; and 3) work with local governments to improve their understanding and capacity to address lighting concerns in the future. The assessment will detail the most problematic locations across the Alabama coast with respect to impacts on coastal wildlife, evaluate the most cost-effective options to reduce light pollution in coastal Alabama, and describe the best options to elicit public participation in reducing light pollution. The project will also on "More Info" link below


Dianne Ingram
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