11A.2 Combining GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper with the Ground Based Earth Networks Total Lightning Network

Thursday, 11 January 2018: 10:45 AM
410 (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Michael Stock, Earth Networks, Germantown, MD; and J. Lapierre

Recently, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) began collecting optical data to locate lightning events and flashes over the North and South American continents. This new instrument promises uniformly high detection efficiency (DE) over its entire field of view, with location accuracy on the order of 10 km. In comparison, Earth Networks Total Lightning Networks (ENTLN) has a less uniform coverage, with higher DE in regions with dense sensor coverage, and lower DE with sparse sensor coverage. ENTLN also offers better location accuracy, lightning classification, and peak current estimation for their lightning locations. It is desirable to produce an integrated dataset, combining the strong points of GLM and ENTLN. The easiest way to achieve this is to simply match located lightning processes from each system using time and distance criteria. This simple method will be limited in scope by the uneven coverage of the ground based network. Instead, we will use GLM group locations to look up the electric field change data recorded by ground sensors near each GLM group, vastly increasing the coverage of the ground network. The ground waveforms can then be used for: improvements to differentiation between glint and lightning for GLM, higher precision lighting location, current estimation, and lightning process classification. Presented is an initial implementation of this type of integration using preliminary GLM data, and waveforms from ENTLN.
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