Faculty Advisor

Lauer, Hugh C

Faculty Advisor

Selkow, Stanley M.

Project Center

Puerto Rico


In Puerto Rico, light pollution is a serious problem for people living in urban environments as well as organisms in the wild. The goal of this project is to develop a procedure for measuring ground level light pollution, and to carry out initial light measurements to lay the groundwork for future studies. Surveys of Puerto Rican citizens were done to get an idea of public awareness of light pollution. The outcomes of the project are a manual for collecting data, initial measurements using the procedure at key locations, as well as a better understanding of public opinion. Our results will be presented to Para la Naturaleza and la Junta de Calidad Ambiental so they can use it to create a plan for future regulation and control of light pollution in Puerto Rico.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science