Mapping lightning fatality risk

William P. Roeder, Benjamin H. Cummins, Walker S. Ashley, Ronald L. Holle, Kenneth L. Cummins

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

A new method to calculate lightning fatality risk is presented. This new method uses GIS software to multiply lightning flash density and population density on a grid and display the results on a map. The method was verified against observed lightning fatalities in the United States and works well with a quadratic regression correlation coefficient as high as 0.864. These lightning fatality risk maps may be useful in helping plan lightning safety initiatives in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages226-237
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935444
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 2014
Externally publishedYes
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

  • GIS
  • death
  • education
  • fatality
  • lightning
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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