Lightning locating systems: Characteristics and validation techniques

Amitabh Nag, Martin J. Murphy, Wolfgang Schulz, Kenneth L. Cummins

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Abstract

Ground-based or satellite-based lightning locating systems are the most common way to geolocate lightning. Depending upon the frequency range of operation, such systems can also report a variety of characteristics associated with lightning events (channel formation processes, leader pulses, cloud-to-ground return strokes, M-components, ICC pulses, and cloud lightning pulses). In this paper, we summarize the various methods to geolocate lightning, both ground-based and satellite-based, and discuss the characteristics of lightning data available from various sources. The performance characteristics of lightning locating systems are determined by their ability to geolocate lightning events accurately and report various features such as lightning type and peak current. We examine the various methods used to validate the performance characteristics of different types of lightning locating systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1070-1082
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935444
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Oct 11 2014Oct 18 2014

Publication series

Name2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period10/11/1410/18/14

Keywords

  • ground-based lightning geolocation
  • lightning locating systems
  • performance characteristcs
  • satellite-based lightning geolocation
  • validation techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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