Promoting light pollution education and research worldwide (2014-15)
|Project title||Promoting light pollution education and research worldwide|
|Approved budget (HKD)||85,000|
This project aims to (1) spread the night sky measurement method developed at HKU to overseas locations such as Tokyo, Japan, and Ulan Bator, Mongolia; (2) establish the foundation for setting up an international light pollution monitoring network, with HKU as the data center; and (3) sustain light pollution public education in Hong Kong by maintaining the public webpage and night sky measuring programs, continue collaboration with the Hong Kong Observatory on data transfer.
- To share the night sky measurement technique developed at HKU with overseas locations
- To establish the foundation for an international light pollution monitoring network with HKU as the data center
- To promote public education and public engagement on light pollution in Hong Kong
- To promote results from the HKU light pollution research to the general public
External Partner Organization
Non-academic Sector(s) benefitted
Hong Kong general public, International Community
- Organized "Globe at Night - Sky Brightness Monitoring Network" User Workshop on Jan 7 – 9, 2015 at the National Astronomical Observatory Japan.
- A total of 8 monitoring stations had been set up in 4 regions (Korea × 2, Japan × 1, Taiwan × 3, Hong Kong × 2), with real-time results available on the KE project webpage of the project.
- Public lectures had been given on light pollution in both Japan and Hong Kong and have made a total of 6 local and international appearances in the news media during the duration of the project.
- Expanded the reach of the light pollution data collected by our measuring stations through an agreement with the Hong Kong Observatory so that data from our network is available real-time in the Astronomical observation webpage maintained by the HKO