The impacts of artificial light on marine turtles

Weishampel Z. A., Cheng W-H. & Weishampel J. F. (2016) Sea turtle nesting patterns in Florida vis-à-vis satellite-derived measures of artificial lighting. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2, 59-72.

Aim: 
To assess trends in light levels and its effects on turtle nesting behaviour over a 21-year period at different scales
Type of Study: 
Remote sensing
Key Results: 
Over the 21-year period, most (67.7%) nesting segments showed a decrease in light levels over time. There was also a general increase in nesting for all three species over this period. Despite this, nesting densities were lower in beach segments with artificial light for green and loggerhead turtles, but not for leatherback turtles.
Response: 
The authors recommend the use of remote sensing techniques to help guide management of sea turtle populations in relation to light pollution, both at small and large scales.
Reviewer: 
Phillipa Wilson
Ecosystem: 
Coastline,Florida, USA
Full Reference: 
Weishampel Z. A., Cheng W-H. & Weishampel J. F. (2016) Sea turtle nesting patterns in Florida vis-à-vis satellite-derived measures of artificial lighting. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2, 59-72.