|[June 11, 2014]
Lightning Application and Research Community (LARC) to Launch at International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity
GERMANTOWN, Md. --(Business Wire)--
At the International
Conference on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE 2014) Conference June
15-20 in Norman Okla., Earth Networks, the operator of the
world's largest lightning network, will formally announce the
creation of the Lightning Application and Research Community (LARC), a
new group for researchers and scientists with a mutual interest in
furthering the understanding of atmospheric lightning. By fostering
communications among researchers and scientists from both academic and
public realms who study cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning, the
mission of LARC is to create a forum for ongoing dialog and the
collaborative exchange of lightning science research.
"With the growing interest in utilizing total lightning data in
research, there needed to be a way to stimulate discussion and share
efforts among the research and application community. The formation of
LARC will provide a platform for scientists and researchers who share a
common goal in furthering atmospheric science and associated
technologies for monitoring and measuring lightning," says Chris Sloop,
Chief Technology Officer, Earth Networks.
More than 20 academic and research organizations currently utilize total
lightning data from Earth Networks Total Lightning Network, a global
network of more than 800 lightning sensors situated in over 40 countries
around the world. The sensors within the network detect both cloud-to-ground
lightning and�in-cloud lightning�strikes. In-cloud lightning has been
shown to be a valuable precursor to severe weather, including strong
winds, hail and tornadoes - and serves as the foundation of the Earth
Networks Early Warning System.
During the ICAE conference, researchers from Earth Networks and other
academic and research organizations, such as the National Institute for
Space Research (INPE) in Brazil, will present sessions and posters based
on data collected by the sensors within the Earth Networks Total
Lightning Network. Highlights include:
Lightning Network: In 2013, as part of a public-private
partnership with the National Meteorological Service of Guinea,
Africa, Earth Networks established the first-ever comprehensive lightning-based
early warning system. An overview of the demonstration project and
technology will be presented.
Proximity Alerts Based on Total Lightning: This poster session
will present the science of lightning-based warnings based on the
detection of in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning.
BrasilDAT Lightning Network: Researchers from INPE will present
a poster session entitled "Peak Current Analysis (News - Alert) of Negative Flashes
Detected by E-fast Antenna and BrasilDAT
Lightning Location System."
ENTLN Status Update: This session will focus on the heights of
cloud pulses as detected by the Earth Networks Total Lightning
Network. The network, for the first time, enables the measurement of
heights over large areas, such as the U.S.
Total Lightning Data in Severe Storms: This poster session
investigates how properties such as lightning flash rate,
in-cloud/cloud-to-ground ratio, and peak currents may be used to
characterize the lightning data in different types of severe storms.
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