Change in Night Lights between 2012 and 2023 - EIC Version

  • Released Friday, June 14, 2024
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This global, flat map view of night lights data begins with a time series depicting annual averages from 2012 to 2023. The lights then fade away to reveal night lights change between 2012 and 2023, with regions of more light depicted in purple and regions with less light depicted in orange. The sequence then repeats with pop-out, zoomed-in views of India, Ukraine, Western Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Discover the pivotal role of NASA's Black Marble in bridging scientific discovery and actionable environmental stewardship. By capturing Earth's night lights, Black Marble reveals both the planet's beauty and the profound impact of human activities. This webpage showcases newly developed nighttime light maps comparing changes observed from 2012 to 2023, offering a decade-long perspective on urban growth, infrastructure development, and the socioeconomic dynamics of communities worldwide. This data empowers users to foster informed, sustainable practices that enhance community resilience and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. By illuminating the intricate interplay between human activity and the environment, Black Marble underpins a human-centered approach to environmental change, promoting a future where scientific innovation leads to tangible, positive impacts on global sustainability.

This version is specifically formatted for the NASA Earth Information Center (EIC), which has a wider-than-standard video aspect ratio. The original version of this visualization, and many other night lights visualizations, are available here:


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This page was originally published on Friday, June 14, 2024.
This page was last updated on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 3:53 PM EDT.

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