ARSET – Introduction to Lightning Observations and Applications

March 26, 28, and April 2, 2024

Session A: 11:00am to 12:30pm EST

Session B: 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST

It is well-documented that there are approximately 24,000 worldwide fatalities from lightning each year, with about 10 times more being injured from lightning (NIH-NCBI). In addition, lightning strikes are one of the leading causes of wildfire ignition. During storms, lightning strikes on trees, utility poles, and infrastructure, can damage power lines resulting in power outages. Lightning flashes also generate electromagnetic fields (Sferics) that interfere with electrical devices on ground. As the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase due to climate change impacts, lightning activity will likely increase as well, causing more power outages, increased risks of wildfire ignition, and increased numbers of injuries and fatalities. Therefore, information about lightning activity is critical for better preparedness against these disasters. This three-part, introductory training focuses on global and regional lightning data products that can be applied to disaster risk preparedness.

Agenda

Register for Session A (11:00am-12:30pm EST)

Register for Session B (2:00pm-3:30pm EST)