TATORT STREET LIGHT

TATORT STREET LIGHT

Will offer a network for citizen scientists and people interested in engaging in the research on how to protect the insect fauna from light pollution. The project will invite amateur entomologist to participate in the research as well as discuss and analyze insect behavior to street lights and develop ideas for sustainable solutions for night time illumination. The research will provide long term data of the current status of insect occurrence in the four regions engaged and possibly provide insights on the ongoing biomass decline, i.e. which insect orders and species are most affected and how can they be better protected. For school classes, the project will provide opportunities to work with insect specimens and learn about their ecosystems and functions as well as check out technological equipment to measure the impact of street lights on night time brightness.

Street lighting can greatly affect the habitat of nocturnal insects by attracting many insects to the light and depriving them of their habitats. In addition, if the attraction radii of adjacent street lights overlap, this can result in a barrier effect, making it much more difficult for insects to pass an illuminated street. For this reason, a new street lighting design is developed to minimize the radiation of light onto insect habitat. The geometry of the light will be strictly directed downwards with no reflection at the luminaire. The light will only be visible at the sidewalks or streets and objects on it, but no longer at the luminaire itself.

The new street lighting will be installed in four communities in Germany. The occurrence and behavior of insects on the street lights will be examined starting in 2020. The monitoring will be conducted two years before and after the conversion from the existing street light to the new design.

The investigations into the behavior of insects on the lights require the help of citizen scientists and the cooperation of science and amateur experts in the fields of ecology, entomology and measurements of night sky brightness. Furthermore, it will include the collection of insects from traps placed at the street lights. These will serve to educate students in schools and interested local residents about (a) the taxonomy of insects (b) their importance in ecosystems and (c) sustainable use of artificial light at night.

Contact: Sibylle Schroer, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

TATORT STREET LIGHT

Will offer a network for citizen scientists and people interested in engaging in the research on how to protect the insect fauna from light pollution. The project will invite amateur entomologist to participate in the research as well as discuss and analyze insect behavior to street lights and develop ideas for sustainable solutions for night time illumination. The research will provide long term data of the current status of insect occurrence in the four regions engaged and possibly provide insights on the ongoing biomass decline, i.e. which insect orders and species are most affected and how can they be better protected. For school classes, the project will provide opportunities to work with insect specimens and learn about their ecosystems and functions as well as check out technological equipment to measure the impact of street lights on night time brightness.

Street lighting can greatly affect the habitat of nocturnal insects by attracting many insects to the light and depriving them of their habitats. In addition, if the attraction radii of adjacent street lights overlap, this can result in a barrier effect, making it much more difficult for insects to pass an illuminated street. For this reason, a new street lighting design is developed to minimize the radiation of light onto insect habitat. The geometry of the light will be strictly directed downwards with no reflection at the luminaire. The light will only be visible at the sidewalks or streets and objects on it, but no longer at the luminaire itself.

The new street lighting will be installed in four communities in Germany. The occurrence and behavior of insects on the street lights will be examined starting in 2020. The monitoring will be conducted two years before and after the conversion from the existing street light to the new design.

The investigations into the behavior of insects on the lights require the help of citizen scientists and the cooperation of science and amateur experts in the fields of ecology, entomology and measurements of night sky brightness. Furthermore, it will include the collection of insects from traps placed at the street lights. These will serve to educate students in schools and interested local residents about (a) the taxonomy of insects (b) their importance in ecosystems and (c) sustainable use of artificial light at night.

Contact: Sibylle Schroer, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

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