This LIS ISS Beta Backgrounds dataset was active from 25 August 2017 to 14 December 2017, and has now been retired.
The provisional data is now available at

The Non-Quality Controlled Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on International Space Station (ISS) Science Data were collected by the LIS instrument on the ISS used to detect the distribution and variability of total lightning occurring in the Earth’s tropical and subtropical regions. This dataset consists of science data. These data 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.

These ISS LIS beta data are retired and replaced by ISS LIS provisional data. The use of "beta" indicated that the algorithm was still under development and the data may have contained errors. Please do not use for research leading to publications or presentations without consent and provide feedback directly to the data provider. Quality controlled data will be avialable at a later date.

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

Blakeslee, Richard J., Douglas M. Mach, Michael F. Stewart, Dennis Buechler and Hugh Christian. 2017. Non-Quality Controlled Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on International Space Station (ISS) Beta Backgrounds [indicate subset used]. Dataset available online from the NASA Global Hydrology 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: 2017-12-14
Publication Date: 2017-08-25
Version: b0
Collections: Lightning Products
Projects: LIS
Platforms: ISS
Instruments: LIS
Terms: Atmospheric Electricity, Weather Events
Processing level: 1B
Format: Various: 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: Daily - < Weekly
Start date: 2017-03-01 00:00:00
Stop date: 12-08-2017


Retired Dataset: Retired data available on request only
User's Guide: Available upon request
The guide document contains detaile information about the dataset
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD):
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
View Project Home Page:
ISS Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) Data Sets
Digital Object Identifier
Citing data:
Instructions for citing GHRC data.


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