Abstract—Rapid urbanization and economic development
inevitably lead to light pollution, which has become a universal
environmental issue. In order to reveal the change trend of light
pollution in China, Images from 1992 to 2012 were selected
from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Operational
Linescan System (DMSP/OLS) and systematically corrected to
ensure the consistency. Furthermore, we employed a linear
regression trend method to measure China’s light pollution
trend across national scales. We found that: (1) China’s light
pollution expanded significantly in provincial capital cities over
the past 21 years and hot-spots of light pollution were located in
the eastern coastal region. The Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River
Delta, and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regions have formed light
pollution stretch areas.
Index Terms—Light pollution, nighttime light images, DMSP/OLS, time series, China.
The authors are with the Institute of Remote sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com).
Cite: Wei Jiang, Guojin He, and Tengfei Long, "Using Time Series Nighttime Images to Measure Light Pollution Trend in China," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 9, pp. 622-625, 2017.