Marine artificial light at night: An empirical and technical guide

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  • Svenja Tidau
    University of Plymouth
  • Tim Smyth
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • D. McKee
    University of Strathclyde
  • Jorg Wiedenmann
    University of Southampton
  • Cecilia D'Angelo
    University of Southampton
  • David Wilcockson
    Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)
  • Amy Ellison
  • Andrew Grimmer
    University of Plymouth
  • Stuart Jenkins
  • Stephen Widdicombe
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Ana de Moura Queiros
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Talbot
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Adam Wright
    Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Thomas Davies
    University of Plymouth
1. The increasing illumination of our world by artificial light at night (ALAN) has created a new field of global change research with impacts now being demonstrated across taxa, biological ranks and spatial scales. Following advances in terrestrial ecology, marine ALAN has become a rapidly growing research area attracting scientists from across all biomes. Limitations in technology, complexities of researching many coastal and marine ecosystems, and the interdisciplinary nature of ALAN research present numerous challenges.

2. Drawing on expertise from optical oceanographers, modellers, community ecologists, experimental and molecular biologists, we share practical advice and solutions that have proven useful for marine ALAN research. Discussing lessons learnt early on can help in the effective and efficient development of a field.

3. The guide follows a sensory ecology approach to marine light pollution and consolidates physics, ecology and biology. First, we introduce marine lightscapes highlighting how these differ from terrestrial ones and provide an overview of biological adaptations to them. Second, we discuss study design and technology to best quantify ALAN exposure of and impacts on marine and coastal organisms including molecular tools and approaches to scale-up marine ALAN research.

4. We conclude that the growing field of marine ALAN research presents opportunities not only for improving our understanding of this globally widespread stressor, but also for advancing fundamental marine photobiology, chronobiology, and night-time ecology. Interdisciplinary research will be essential to gain insights into natural marine lightscapes shaping the ecology and evolution coastal and marine ecosystems.


Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)1588-1601
CyfnodolynMethods in Ecology and Evolution
Rhif y cyfnodolyn9
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar4 Meh 2021
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Medi 2021

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