Lightning Detection

  • Hartmut Höller
  • Hans-Dieter Betz
  • Ullrich Finke
  • Kersten Schmidt
Part of the Research Topics in Aerospace book series (RTA)


Thunderstorm electrification is mainly due to ice particle interaction processes leading to a typical main dipole structure. Intra-cloud and cloud-to-ground discharges can be detected at low and very low radio frequencies by the lightning detection network LINET. At high radio-frequencies one can detect the step-like flash structure. The optical emissions can be observed from space. The operational LINET network over Europe and networks deployed during field experiments enabled a comparison of lightning characteristics from mid-latitudes and the tropics. Important applications are nowcasting and operational weather forecasting, climate research, and the planning and support of new satellite lightning observing systems.


Tropical Rainfall Measure Mission Return Stroke Lightning Detection Tropical Rainfall Measure Mission Microwave Imager Lightning Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut Höller
    • 1
  • Hans-Dieter Betz
    • 2
  • Ullrich Finke
    • 3
  • Kersten Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.DLRInstitute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA)OberpfaffenhofenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Physicsnowcast GmbH und Ludwig-Maximilians-universität München (LMU)MünchenGermany
  3. 3.Hochschule HannoverFakultät I - Elektro- und InformationstechnikHannoverGermany

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