Global Monitoring of Atmospherics
The suitability and limitations of radio (atmospherics) and optical techniques are considered in ground-based and satellite configurations, for monitoring global thunderstorms. Future improvements in optical sensors in satellites may reduce false alarms and provide useful terrestrial locations of lightning. Limitations in satellite atmospheric sensors are discussed. It is proposed that the most suitable system for locating and monitoring the thunderstorm activity and the provision of these data in near real time, consists of a network of ground-based stations providing the times of arrival of VLF atmospherics and the relay of these data to a central station via satellite. The ground-based recording system can be controlled by signals received via satellite from the central station.