The first World Atlas of the artificial night sky brightness

  title={The first World Atlas of the artificial night sky brightness},
  author={Pierantonio Cinzano and Fabio Falchi and C. D. Elvidge Dipartimento di Astronomia and Padova and Italy. and Office of the Director and Noaa National Geophysical Data Center and Boulder and Co},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • P. Cinzano, F. Falchi, Co
  • Published 3 August 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
ABSTRA C T We present the first World Atlas of the zenith artificial night sky brightness at sea level. Based on radiance-calibrated high-resolution DMSP satellite data and on accurate modelling of light propagation in the atmosphere, it provides a nearly global picture of how mankind is proceeding to envelop itself in a luminous fog. Comparing the Atlas with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) population density data base, we determined the fraction of population who are living under… 
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