Artificial Light Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems

Project Description
The Artificial Light Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems project tackled fundamental gaps in our understanding of marine ecosystem responses to ALAN. The projects achievements include: Producing the first global atlas of artificial light at night under sea. Mapping exposure of seafloor ecosystems to artificial light at night for the first time. Co-developing advanced naturalised lighting systems for controlled environment experiments that accurately simulate sunlight and moonlight cycles. Developing state of the art laboratory facilities for investigating the impacts of altered light cycles on aquatic species. Modelling how coastal cities modify underwater light cycles. Quantifying the impacts of light pollution of the development and survival of marine invertebrate larvae. Evidencing the globally widespread impact of coastal light pollution on coral broadcast spawning. Quantifying the impacts of coastal light pollution on predator behaviour and the ability of prey species to camouflage.
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Project Details

Principal Investigator : Dr Thomas Davies

Project Duration : 60 Months

Project Status : Ended

Funder Details

Funder : Natural Environment Research Council

Collaborating institutions

  • University of Plymouth
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Bangor University
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Southampton

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