88th Annual Meeting (20-24 January 2008)

Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Determination of a Limited Scope Network's Lightning Detection Efficiency
Exhibit Hall B (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
John T. Rompala, Univ. of Wisconsin, Stout, WI; and R. Blakeslee
Poster PDF (276.9 kB)
This paper outlines a modeling technique to map lightning detection efficiency variations over a region surveyed by a sparse array of ground based detectors.  A reliable flash peak current distribution (PCD) for the region serves as the technique’s base.  This distribution is recast as an event probability distribution function.  The technique then uses the PCD together with information regarding: site signal detection thresholds, type of solution algorithm used, and range attenuation; to formulate the probability that a flash at a specified location will yield a solution.  Applying this technique to the full region produces detection efficiency contour maps specific to the parameters employed.  These contours facilitate a comparative analysis of each parameter's effect on the network’s detection efficiency.

In an alternate application, this modeling technique gives an estimate of the number, strength, and distribution of events going undetected. This approach leads to a variety of event density contour maps.  This application is also illustrated.

The technique's base PCD can be empirical or analytical.  A process for formulating an empirical PCD specific to the region and network being studied is presented.  A new method for producing an analytical representation of the empirical PCD is also introduced.

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