Influence of lightning on electron density in the ionosphere using WWLLN lightning data, Ionosonde data and GPS data
Presented by Mr. Mahmud Mohammed AMIN on 8 Jul 2014 from 11:50 to 12:10
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track D2 - Space Science
Lightning data from World-Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) and GPS data from Trignet have been analysed to ascertain the influence of lightning on total electron content (TEC) in the F2 region of the ionosphere over southern Africa. In this study, data from four dual frequency GPS reference stations in regions with different lightning activity levels within South Africa have been used. The analysis reveal periods of TEC en- hancement between 3-12 TECU on geomagnetic “quiet” days which correspond to periods of intense lightning activity in the regions. One of the hypotheses for this link between atmospheric weather and ionospheric activity is that the enhancement of TEC is caused by the infiltration of energy dissipated by lightning discharges in the troposphere into the F2 region.
Prof. Michael Inggs, email@example.com, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town