Rediscovering the Urban nightscape an inventory of Moab and Grand County's Publicly-owned lighting fixtures

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Publication Type report
School or College College of Architecture & Planning
Department Department of City & Metropolitan Planning
Author Jellen, Nathan
Title Rediscovering the Urban nightscape an inventory of Moab and Grand County's Publicly-owned lighting fixtures
Date 2018
Description Urbanization has impacted night skies throughout the world. As of 2016, nearly one-third of Earth's population was unable to view the Milky Way due to widespread light pollution. Aside from diminishing the cultural and aesthetic value of night skies, light pollution impacts human health, ecosystem functionality, and economic well-being. Although study of the night sky has emerged as an area of applied research, many knowledge and implementation gaps still exist. This study aims to foster awareness, planning capacity, and night sky-friendly development in Moab, UT and the broader Grand County, UT area of the Spanish Valley. To this end, our project utilizes a pioneering, comprehensive, and streamlined lighting inventory procedure. Our lighting audit of publicly- and some privately-owned fixtures will provide a baseline that local decision-makers in the Moab area can use to evaluate the potential benefits of lighting-related capital investments, regulatory changes, and incentive programs. The baseline can also be used to benchmark on-the-ground changes over time. Because the lighting audit findings are available on Google Maps and through ESRI's ArcGIS system, the project also supports citizen science and public participation in local government. This study will cover the lighting audit procedures and findings which may inform the City and County's efforts to protect and preserve local dark skies.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject City planning; Community engagement
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Nathan Jellen
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s63v441p
Setname ir_cmp
Date Created 2019-09-11
Date Modified 2019-09-11
ID 1455715
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63v441p
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