Highlights from Cecil et. al.'s 'Gridded lightning climatology from TRMM-LIS and OTD: Dataset description' publication

Publication Citation

Cecil, Daniel J., Dennis E. Buechler and Richard J. Blakeslee. "Gridded lightning climatology from TRMM-LIS and OTD: Dataset description." Atmospheric Research 135-136. (2014): 404 -414. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.06.028

Key Findings
  • This publication clearly defines the differences between the 10 different LIS/OTD climatology datasets that are distributed by the Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC). Please see the publication for precise details on the methodology used to create each dataset.

 

  • The LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Full Climatology (HRFC) and the LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Full Climatology (LRFC) are the simplest of the climatology products. Mean annual flash rate is provided as a simple counting experiment - the total number of flashes are divided by the total observation duration.

 

  • Caution is recommended for all data products at high latitudes due to the small sample sizes from OTD.

 

  • The LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Monthly Time Series (LRMTS) weighs the LIS observations more heavily than the OTD observations since LIS was a higher quality instrument on a more stable platform. The monthly LRTMS are recommended for almost all scientific purposes.
Science Area
     
  1. Earth science
  2. Atmosphere
  3. Atmospheric electricity
  4. Lightning
Datasets Used
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LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Annual Climatology (HRAC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Full Climatology (HRFC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Monthly (HRMC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Annual Diurnal Climatology (LRADC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Annual Climatology (LRAC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Time Series (LRTS) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Monthly Time Series (LRMTS) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Diurnal Climatology (LRDC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Full Climatology (LRFC) HDF

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LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Annual Climatology Time Series HDF

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Related Publications

Blakeslee, Richard J., et al. "Seasonal variations in the lightning diurnal cycle and implications for the global electric circuit." Atmospheric Research 135 - 136. (2014): 228 - 243.

Boccippio, Dennis J., William J. Koshak, and Richard J. Blakeslee. "Performance assessment of the Optical Transient Detector and Lightning Imaging Sensor. Part I: Predicted Diurnal Variability." Journal of Atmospheric & Oceanic Technology 19.2 (2002): 1318.

Cecil, D.J., D. Buechler, and R. Blakeslee. 2014. LIS/OTD Gridded Lightning Climatology Data Collection. Data set available online from the NASA EOSDIS Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A. doi: http:/dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA311.

DATE UPDATED
Sep 20th, 2017
AUTHOR(S)
Kaylin Bugbee
MICRO ARTICLE TYPE
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