On Oct. 23, 2022, the Sequerciani farmhouse in Southern Tuscany hosted the “Polyphonic Narratives” event to present the Arte Clima project. There were talks by Ruedi Gerber, Marianne Burki, Li Zhenhua, Bignia Wehrli, Catherine Leutenegger, Liao Wenfeng, Alexandre Joly, Sigfried Zilinski, Andrea Giacomelli, and Frank Hatch.
Below, a moment of the Buiometria Partecipativa activities: Mauro Tirannosauro (who proposed in the past his Seeing the Milky Way by Day single to promote BuioMetria Partecipativa and night sky quality) is here with Matteo Verniani with a lux meter in the lawns by the farmhouse, at the end of the participatory measurements.
Buiometria partecipativa (i.e. participatory night sky quality monitoring), which was started in 2008 as a citizen science project to raise awareness on light pollution, starting from the idea of two environmental engineers combined with the network of palla a 21 players as an initial base, and then grown over the years obtaining international recognition, has been recently re-published as a case study by Public Lab. This is an international association basesd in the USA with the mission of pursuing environmental justice through community science and open technology:
Luciano Massetti, from the Italian Research Council’s Institute of Bioeconomy in Florence, has published on the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer and article analysing three years of data collected through the night sky quality meter network deployed since 2016 in Tuscany. The network currently has sensors in Sesto Fiorentino (right next to Florence), Leghorn, the San Rossore Park just West of Pisa, and on the Island of Montecristo. We are collaborating on these topics with Luciano since 2016 with our BuioMetria Partecipativa project.
After over twelve years of service, we had to shut down the old page with the map of measurements collected in the project, and maintained thanks Luca Delucchi. We are working on a new version on the map. In the meantime, you may browse this temporary version. For more informazioni email@example.com
The proceedings of the 11th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth, held in September 2019 in Florence, Italy, have been published. In the proceedings you also find an article about the presentation given by Andrea Giacomelli (co-authored by Elena Maggi and Luciano Massetti) on BuioMetria Partecipativa.
Citizen observatories are community-based systems that can complement official networks for environmental data collection. This study proposes the case of a Citizen Observatory on light pollution, developed in Tuscany since 2008. Starting from the collection of measurement by volunteers, the observatory is now composed by a heterogeneous array of subjects (two research institutions, two rural communities, a rock-blues band, and a professional photographer) operating from local to international level through its connection with the international scientific community. This collaboration produced several outcomes: light pollution monitoring campaigns, numerous outreach events for raising citizen awareness on light pollution and its consequences and for the promotion of dark sky areas, input to global level position papers and scientific publications, the organization of an international Symposium on promotion and protection of the night sky.
In Italian May is “Maggio”, so “Maggeo” is a sort of fusion between the name of the month and the geo- prefix. Since in 2020 it is not possible to attend May Day celebrations in person, in Italy and many other parts of the world, we try to re-enact some past May Day events by simulating their unfolding with a combination of mapping supports, videos and photos.
As a Maggeo prototype we took the 2009 May Day in the Farma Valley, in Tuscany, about 100 km South of Florence. On that occasion, with the BuioMetria Partecipativa project we followed all the celebration. This starts normally at 8.30AM in the Piloni square with a sandwich with marinated anchovies + red wine (or soda if you can’t have wine), and ends around noon at the Torniella football field, after several other stops of this type. At the end of the march, some people possibly end up having too many marinated anchovies, but the spirit of the is May Day is very strong (in all ways).
Along the walk from Piloni to Torniella, we asked to as many people as possible “how dark is the sky above the Farma bridge?” (before posing the question we were giving notions on light pollution and night sky quality measurement, so that our counterpart would not be giving random numbers).
The intial zoom level of the map is intentionally set so that people can first understand where the Farma Valley is located on Earth. As Andrea the old bartender used to say: “the problem is not finding the bar in Torniella…the problem is finding Torniella”.
In the search window below you can type something, and the system will tell you if in the video there is a matching place. Even a single letter will do.
If you click on the name of a place you will be brought to the corresponding section of the “How dark is the sky in Maremma?” video. The video is subtitled in English.
We are missing images of a couple of the official “stops”…should you happen to have some footage, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
FYI: parts of this video (together with other buiometria partecipativa videos) were used in 2010 in a report by TG2 (one of the national TV news services)