Light Pollution and its Associations with BC&PC in Population-Level Studies

  • Abraham HaimEmail author
  • Boris A. Portnov


Due to the rapid spread of electric illumination, our world is not as dim at night as it was 130 or even 70 years ago. Nightlights of constantly increasing intensity and bluer in color, which illuminate our streets and public spaces today, are captured by satellite sensors and transmitted to the earth as digital images. In this chapter we discuss two case studies, which attempted to link the above digital maps of nighttime illumination with BC&PC incidence rates, thus helping to demonstrate a potential association between them.


Nighttime illumination Light pollution Breast and prostate cancers Satellite images Inter-country differences Multivariate analysis Geographic information systems (GIS) Population-weighted LAN exposure Effect estimates 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Interdisciplinary Research in ChronobiologyUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Natural Resources & Environmental ManagementUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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