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Advances in Earth Science  2017, Vol. 32 Issue (5): 481-487    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.05.0481
The Status of Lightning Thermal Effect Observation by Remote Sensing
Li Qing1, 2, Lei Lianfa3, Wang Zhenhui1, 2, *, Wei Ming1, 2, Li Dongshuai1
1.Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, CMA Key Laboratory for Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation,Nanjing University of Information Science &
Technology,Nanjing 210044,China;
2.School of Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University of Information Science &
Technology 210044, China;
3.Xi’an Institute for Electronic Engineering, Xi’an 710100, China
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Abstract  The intensity of lightning thermal effect and its influence scope and duration (temperature, time and space scales), are not only the important characteristic parameters for lightning itself, but also the important factors in lightning disaster, lightning protection, lightning chemistry and other fields of applications. Due to the random feature of lightning occurrence time and place, coupled with a strong return stroke current, it is hard to make direct measurement of the temperature in lightning channel. Therefore, remote sensing technology is the only method at present to be adopted. This article summarized the present status of the methods and techniques based on visible and near-infrared spectra analysis applied for lightning channel thermal effect observations both at home and abroad, and provided a description of using a ground-based, multichannel microwave radiometer for this purpose.
Key words:  Visible and infrared spectral measurement technology      Remote sensing.      Lightning thermal effect     
Received:  13 December 2016      Published:  20 May 2017
ZTFLH:  P407  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China “Theoretical and observational study on microwave remote sensing of the lightning heating effect”(No.41675028); The Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions(PAPD)
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Zhenhui (1955-), male, Heze City, Shandong Province, Professor. Research areas include atmospheric remote sensing and   
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Li Qing, Lei Lianfa, Wang Zhenhui, Wei Ming, Li Dongshuai. The Status of Lightning Thermal Effect Observation by Remote Sensing. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(5): 481-487.

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