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Using cloud ice flux to parametrise large-scale lightning

Finney, D. L. and Doherty, R. M. and Wild, O. and Huntrieser, H. and Pumphrey, H. C. and Blyth, A. M. (2014) Using cloud ice flux to parametrise large-scale lightning. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, pp. 12665-12682. Copernicus Publications. doi: 10.5194/acp-14-12665-2014. ISSN 1680-7316.

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Lightning is an important natural source of nitrogen oxide especially in the middle and upper troposphere. Hence, it is essential to represent lightning in chemistry transport and coupled chemistry-climate models. Using ERA-Interim meteorological reanalysis data we compare the lightning flash density distributions produced using several existing lightning parametrisations, as well as a new parametrisation developed on the basis of upward cloud ice flux at 440 hPa. The use of ice flux forms a link to the non-inductive charging mechanism of thunderstorms. Spatial and temporal distributions of lightning flash density are compared to tropical and subtropical observations for 2007–2011 from the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/93090/
Document Type:Article
Title:Using cloud ice flux to parametrise large-scale lightning
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Finney, D. L.School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Doherty, R. M.School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wild, O.Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pumphrey, H. C.School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Blyth, A. M.National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, Leeds, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 12665-12682
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:lightning, parameterisation, ice flux
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Deposited By: Huntrieser, Dr.rer.nat. Heidi
Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 11:16
Last Modified:02 May 2019 14:04

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