Schulz W., G. Diendorfer, M. Dorninger, N. Daly:
Comparison of Lightning Data Collected by Location Systems of Different Technology
International Lightning Detection Conference (ILDC), Tucson, Arizona, 2000
Different lightning location systems provided lightning data for the MAP database during the MAP SOP. In this paper we compare lightning data sets recorded during the MAP-SOP from two different lightning location systems, the so called SOP-lightning location system (SOP-LLS) and the lightning location system from the British Met. Office called ATD.
The SOP-LLS was designed [Dorninger, 1999] to provide the best detection efficiency (DE) over the entire alpine region that can be achieved with today's available technology for a large region like the Alps. Thus it was assumed that this system detects more flashes than the ATD system which covers a much larger area than the Alps and had, at the time, a low processing ability. We will show that this assumption was correct and we will determine the overall DE of the ATD system relative to the SOP-LLS. Comparison of the lightning peak current distributions of both systems indicates that the ATD system mainly detects flashes of higher peak currents.
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