Lightning: Principles, Instruments and Applications: Review of Modern Lightning Research / Edition 1

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Lightning represents a natural phenomenon of substantial interest. Due to its complex nature, research continues in many countries and reveals amazing results. Lightning is actively observed because of its relevance to Earth climate and air composition in addition to the classical aspects of related human fatalities and damage to forests, buildings, power lines, aircraft, structures and electronic devices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402090783
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 641
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans D. Betz received his PhD in Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He performed research and teaching at the Physics Department of MIT at Boston, USA, thereafter at the Physics Department of the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. Major fields of research covered laser, atomic and nuclear physics, and atmospheric electricity.

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Table of Contents

1 Present Understanding of the Lightning Return Stroke Yoshihiro Baba Vladimir A. Rakov 1

2 Triggered Lightning Vladimir A. Rakov 23

3 Electric Field and Charge Structure in Lightning-Producing Clouds Maribeth Stolzenburg Thomas C. Marshall 57

4 Characteristics of Lightning in Supercells Sarah A. Tessendorf 83

5 Linet - An International VLF/Lf Lightning Detection Network in Europe Hans D. Betz Kersten Schmidt Wolf P. Oettinger 115

6 Lampinet - Lightning Detection in Italy Daniele Biron 141

7 Lightning Detection in Spain: The Particular Case of Catalonia Nicolau Pineda Joan Montanyà 161

8 Spatial Distribution and Frequency of Thunderstorms and Lightning in Australia Yuriy Kuleshov David Mackerras Mat Darveniza 187

9 Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Observations in Brazil Osmar Pinto Jr. Iara R.C.A. Pinto Marcelo M.F. Saba Kleber P. Naccarato 209

10 Observation and Interpretation of Lightning Flashes with Electromagnetic Lightning Mapper Eric Defer Pierre Laroche 231

11 Nowcasting of Thunderstorms Using VHF Measurements Jean-Yves Lojou Martin J. Murphy Ronald L. Holle Nicholas W.S. Demetriades 253

12 Optical Detection of Lightning from Space Ullrich Finke 271

13 Space- and Ground-Based Studies of Lightning Signatures Timothy Hamlin Kyle C. Wiens Abram R. Jacobson Tracy E.L. Light Kenneth B. Eack 287

14 Lightning Measurements from Satellites and Significance for Storms in the Mediterranean Claudia Adamo Steve Goodman Alberto Mugnai James A. Weinman 309

15 Energetic Radiation and Lightning Joseph R. Dwyer 331

16 Schumann Resonance Signatures of Global Lightning Activity Gabriella S√°tori Vadim Mushtak Earle Williams 347

17 The Meteorological andElectrical Structure of TLE-Producing Convective Storms Walter A. Lyons CCM Mark A. Stanley Jonathan D. Meyer Thomas E. Nelson Steven A. Rutledge Timothy L. Lang Steven A. Cummer 387

18 Infrasound from Lightning and Sprites Thomas Farges 417

19 Lightning in the Mediterranean in Relation with Cloud Microphysical Parameters Dimitrios Katsanos Vassiliki Kotroni Kostas Lagouvardos 433

20 Lightning and Precipitation Serge Soula 447

21 Comparative Analysis of Flash and Radar Characteristics of Thunderstorm Cells Ferenc Dombai 465

22 Lightning Characteristics of Extreme Weather Events Nikolai Dotzek Colin Price 487

23 Flash Cells in Thunderstorms Tapio J. Tuomi Antti M&aumlet;kel&aumlet; 509

24 Thunderstorms, Lightning and Climate Change Colin Price 521

25 Impact of Lightning on Air Chemistry and Climate Volker Grewe 537

26 Lightning and NOx Production in Global Models Kenneth Pickering Heidi Huntrieser Ulrich Schumann 551

27 Lightning Protection of Structures Marek Loboda 573

Color Plate Section 593

Index 633

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