Lightning & climate
Wed 27 April 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
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The World Meteorological Organization recently declared lightning ﬂashes to be an Essential Climate Variable. This declaration elevates lightning ﬂashes to a climate quantity that is currently mainly assessed by lightning imagers on satellites and ground based lightning detection networks. Lightning ﬂashes are generated by thunderstorms which develop when hot and humid air leads to atmospheric instability and upper atmosphere dynamics enables deep convection to occur. The majority of all lightning ﬂashes occur in the continental tropical belt around the globe. The primary lightning climatology follows solar insolation with a longitudinal migration that corresponds to a diurnal variation and a latitudinal migration that corresponds to an annual variation. In this talk, the speaker will explore the phenomenon of lightning ﬂashes as a diagnostic tool for key driving processes of climate variability and their contribution to positive feedback.
Dr Martin Fullekrug, Dept of Electronic and Electrical engineering, University of Bath
Image credit: Oscar van der Velde – www.lightningwizard.com
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