Lightning: Principles, Instruments and Applications

Review of Modern Lightning Research

  • Hans Dieter Betz
  • Ulrich Schumann
  • Pierre Laroche

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Yoshihiro Baba, Vladimir A. Rakov
    Pages 1-21
  3. Vladimir A. Rakov
    Pages 23-56
  4. Maribeth Stolzenburg, Thomas C. Marshall
    Pages 57-82
  5. Sarah A. Tessendorf
    Pages 83-114
  6. Hans D. Betz, Kersten Schmidt, Wolf P. Oettinger
    Pages 115-140
  7. Daniele Biron
    Pages 141-159
  8. Nicolau Pineda, Joan Montanyà
    Pages 161-185
  9. Yuriy Kuleshov, David Mackerras, Mat Darveniza
    Pages 187-207
  10. Osmar Pinto Jr., Iara R.C.A. Pinto, Marcelo M.F. Saba, Kleber P. Naccarato
    Pages 209-229
  11. Jean-Yves Lojou, Martin J. Murphy, Ronald L. Holle, Nicholas W.S. Demetriades
    Pages 253-270
  12. Ullrich Finke
    Pages 271-286
  13. Timothy Hamlin, Kyle C. Wiens, Abram R. Jacobson, Tracy E.L. Light, Kenneth B. Eack
    Pages 287-307
  14. Claudia Adamo, Steve Goodman, Alberto Mugnai, James A. Weinman
    Pages 309-329
  15. Joseph R. Dwyer
    Pages 331-346
  16. Gabriella Sátori, Vadim Mushtak, Earle Williams
    Pages 347-386
  17. Walter A. Lyons, Mark A. Stanley, Jonathan D. Meyer, Thomas E. Nelson, Steven A. Rutledge, Timothy L. Lang et al.
    Pages 387-415
  18. Thomas Farges
    Pages 417-432
  19. Dimitrios Katsanos, Vassiliki Kotroni, Kostas Lagouvardos
    Pages 433-446
  20. Serge Soula
    Pages 447-463
  21. Nikolai Dotzek, Colin Price
    Pages 487-507
  22. Tapio J. Tuomi, Antti Mäkelä
    Pages 509-520
  23. Kenneth Pickering, Heidi Huntrieser, Ulrich Schumann
    Pages 551-571
  24. Marek Łoboda
    Pages 573-592
  25. Back Matter
    Pages 593-641

About this book


Lightning represents a natural phenomenon of substantial interest. Due to its complex nature, research continues in many countries and reveals amazing results. Lightning is actively observed because of its relevance to Earth climate and air composition in addition to the classical aspects of related human fatalities and damage to forests, buildings, power lines, aircraft, structures and electronic devices.

In this volume, the most important contemporary questions on lightning are addressed and analyzed under many experimental and theoretical aspects. Lightning detection techniques using ground-based and space-borne methods are described, along with network engineering and statistical analysis.

Contributions detail research on atmospheric electricity, cloud physics, lightning physics, modeling of electrical storms and middle atmospheric events. Special phenomena such as triggered lightning and sprite observations are examined. Lightning-induced nitrogen oxides and their effects on atmospheric chemistry and climate are discussed.

Each topic is presented by international experts in the field. Topics include:

* air chemistry

* convective storms

* infrasound from lightning

* lightning and climate change

* lightning and precipitation

* lightning and radiation

* lightning and supercells

* lightning and thunderstorms

* lightning detection

* lightning from space

* lighting protection

* lightning return strokes

* observations and interpretations

* spatial distribution and frequency

* triggered lightning

* weather extremes


Atmospheric chemistry Atmospheric electricity Cloud Cloud discharge Nitrogen oxides Precipitation Severe weather Space-borne Storm Thunder Weather lightning satellite spheric thunderstorm

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Dieter Betz
    • 1
  • Ulrich Schumann
    • 2
  • Pierre Laroche
    • 3
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of MunichGermany
  2. 2.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und RaumfahrtInstitut für Physik der AtmosphäreGermany
  3. 3.Physics Instrumentation and Sensing Department ONERABP 72France

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