LIS/OTD Gridded Lightning Climatology Data Collection

Version 2.3.2015

The LIS/OTD Gridded Lightning Climatology Data Collection is comprised of the ten LIS/OTD Gridded Lightning Climatology Datasets listed below with their individual DOIs. These ten data sets offer full, annual, monthly and diurnal climatologies, and time series of lightning observed from space from May 1995 through December 2014, including both Optical Transient Detector and TRMM Lightning Imaging Sensor, at 0.5 and 2.5 degree resolutions. Both the LIS and the OTD instruments were developed by NASA Marshall Flight Center (MSFC). Information about each dataset in this collection including its citation is provided on the landing page at the appropriate DOI link below.
To cite the entire collection, please use the following:

Cecil, D.J. 2015. LIS/OTD Gridded Lightning Climatology Data Collection.
Data set available online [ftp://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/pub/lis/climatology] 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

For more information on GHRC DAAC citations, see these Instructions for citing GHRC data.
 
General Characteristics
Collections: Lightning Products, Lightning from Satellites
Projects: TRMM, LIS
Platforms: MICROLAB-1, TRMM
Instruments: LIS, OTD
Parameters: LIGHTNING
Processing level: 3
Format: HDF-4; netCDF-4/CF
   
Coverage
Location: GLOBAL [coverage map]
Red dots or areas indicate coverage range.
Spatial resolution: n/a
North boundary: 90°
West boundary: -180°
East boundary: 180°
South boundary: -90°
Temporal resolution: Full, Annual, Monthly, Diurnal, Time Series
Start date: 1995-05-04
Stop date: 2014-12-31
 
Member Datasets and More Information
HRAC:

LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Annual Climatology (HRAC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA301

HRFC:

LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Full Climatology (HRFC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA302

HRMC:

LIS/OTD 0.5 Degree High Resolution Monthly Climatology (HRMC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA303

LRADC:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Res Annual Diurnal Climatology (LRADC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA304

LRAC:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Annual Climatology (LRAC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA305

LRACTS:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Annual Climatology Time Series
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA306

LRDC:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Diurnal Climatology (LRDC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA307

LRFC:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Full Climatology (LRFC)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA308

LRMTS:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Monthly Time Series (LRMTS)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA309

LRTS:

LIS/OTD 2.5 Degree Low Resolution Time Series (LRTS)
http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/LIS/LIS-OTD/DATA310

   
Documentation
User's Guide: https://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/pub/doc/lis_climatology/LISOTD_climatology_dataset.pdf
LIS/OTD Climatology Dataset Collection User Guide
The guide document contains detailed information about the dataset
Algorithm Documentation: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.06.028
Gridded lightning climatology from TRMM-LIS and OTD: Dataset description
PI Documentation: https://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2002JD002347
Global frequency and distribution of lightning as observed from space by the Optical Transient Detector
PI Documentation: ftp://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/pub/doc/lis_climatology/LISOTD_Climo_prod_table.doc
Products in LIS-OTD gridded climatology files
PI Documentation: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20110015779.pdf
The 13 years of TRMM Lightning Imaging Sensor: From individual flash characteristics to decadal tendencies
Software: ftp://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/pub/doc/lis_climatology/getgrid.pro
Read SDS Arrays From an A HDF file
Software: ftp://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/pub/doc/lis_climatology/read_sds.pro
Read an SDS grid from the LIS/OTD HDF climatology files
Homepage: http://lightning.nsstc.nasa.gov/data
Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) Overview