This LIS ISS NQC Provisional Science dataset was active from 14 December 2017 to 19 August 2019, and has now been retired.
The final non-provisional data is now available at

The Non-Quality Controlled Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on International Space Station (ISS) Provisional Science Data dataset was collected by the LIS instrument mounted on the ISS and are used to detect the distribution and variability of total lightning occurring in the Earth’s tropical and subtropical regions. This dataset consists of non-quality controlled science data. This data collection can be used for severe storm detection and analysis, as well as for lightning-atmosphere interaction studies. The LIS instrument makes measurements during both day and night with high detection efficiency. The data are available in both HDF-4 and netCDF-4 formats, with corresponding browse images in GIF format.

These ISS LIS data are considered provisional files indicating that the algorithm is still under development and the data may contain errors. Use the data with caution and do not use for research leading to publications or presentations without consent of the data provider. Please give feedback directly to the data provider. Quality controlled data are currently unavailable, but are expected to be available later this year.

Please include the following citation in the reference section of your publication:

Blakeslee, Richard J. 2017. Non-Quality Controlled Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on International Space Station (ISS) Provisional Science Data [indicate subset used]. Dataset available online from the NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center DAAC, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A. 

For more information on GHRC DAAC citations, see these Instructions for citing GHRC data.

General Characteristics

Retirement Date: 2019-08-19
Publication Date: 2017-12-14
Version: p0.2
Collections: Lightning Products
Projects: LIS
Platforms: ISS
Instruments: LIS
Terms: Atmospheric Electricity
Processing level: 2
Format: HDF-4, netCDF-4


[coverage map]
Red dots or areas indicate coverage range.


Location: TROPICS
Spatial Resolution: 4-8 km
North boundary: 54°
West boundary: -180°
East boundary: 180°
South boundary: -54°
Temporal resolution: 1 minute - < 1 hour
Start date: 2017-03-01 00:00:00
Stop date: 2019-08-19


Retired Dataset: Retired data available on request only
User's Guide:
The guide document contains detaile information about the dataset
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD):
Browse Sample:
Sample Browse Image
Micro Article:
Lightning Micro Article
Data Recipe:
ISS LIS Lightning Flash Location Quickview using Python and GIS
General Documentation:
Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) for the International Space Station (ISS): Mission Description and Science Goals
Timing Uncertainty of the Lightning Imaging Sensor Advanced Search: Volume 32, Issue 3 (March 2015)
LIS on ISS: Expanded Global Coverage and Enhanced Applications
The detection of lightning from geostationary orbit
Project Home Page:
ISS Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) Data Sets
Digital Object Identifier
Citing data:
Instructions for citing GHRC data.


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