We are pleased to announce that our light pollution and dark skies campaign with Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been shortlisted for an ENDS Environmental Impact award in the ‘Campaign of the Year’ category.

We worked alongside CPRE, using the latest available satellite data to map England’s light pollution and dark skies. The mapping work builds on previous studies undertaken by LUC and CPRE in 2003 to show the extent of light pollution in the UK in 1993 and 2000.

Our GIS team used data gathered by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Suomi NPP satellite to create an interactive map and supporting analysis to show how light pollution is distributed around the country and where the darkest skies are.

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday 4 May at Chelsea Physic Garden.

To see how dark the skies in your area are compared to other locations around the UK, have a look here: http://nightblight.cpre.org.uk/ and for more information on the awards, visit the ENDS website.