Working Group 1

The main means through which to address the significance of artificial lighting with a holistic approach is the generation of three sub-networks within the LoNNe network in order to form a critical mass of expertise encapsulating a wide range of competences in biological, social, and technological disciplines. Therefore, the following sub-networks will be established:

i. Enhanced collaboration of researchers involved in the quantification and modelling of artificial lighting: This includes for example the organisation of an international network of lightmeters for an international measurement campaign, and collaboration on development of a light pollution model. There are concrete contacts to organisations and projects that are involved in such activities.

ii. Identification of the state of the art research and development facilities and expertise for research exchange within the COST network: In order to identify shortcomings in current state of use and to pinpoint areas in which new technologies need to be developed, a review of the existing technologies and research facilities has to be made. In such a way, knowledge fragmentation can be reduced, opportunities for efficient utilisation of calibration equipment could be identified, and the efficiency in developing novel methods and devices dedicated to artificial lighting and light pollution will be increased.

iii. Collaboration and cooperation for joint publications: The COST Action will provide an excellent platform for unifying and harmonizing research strategies, which is a prerequisite to nail down crucial factors involved in artificial lighting and light pollution. The network will formulate research programmes, disseminate information between post-graduate schools and programmes, joint numerical tools and measurement techniques as well as new joint educational programmes. Deliverables are regular seminars, Summer Schools, joint publications, Short-Term Scientific Missions, guidelines and SOPs. In addition, LoNNe will improve parameters for the lighting industry, which until now relate exclusively to energy and luminous efficiency.

This working group is led by:
Dr. Christopher Kyba, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Barbara Helm, University of Glasgow, UK