Using Satellite Lightning Data as a Hands-On Activity for a Broad Audience

TitleUsing Satellite Lightning Data as a Hands-On Activity for a Broad Audience
Publication TypePresentation
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSinclair, L
Secondary AuthorsSmith, T, Smith, D, Weigel, A, Bugbee, K, Leach, C
ConferenceAmerican Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting
Conference LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
KeywordsArt, Color-by-Number, GHRC, Lightning, LIS, TRMM
AbstractSatellite lightning data archived at the NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GHRC DAAC) captures the number of lightning flashes occurring within four by four kilometer pixels around the world from January 1998 through October 2014. These data were measured by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. As an outreach effort to educate other on the use lightning measurements, the GHRC DAAC developed an interactive color-by-number poster showing accumulated lightning flashes around the world. As participants color the poster it reveals regions of maximum lightning flash counts across the Earth, including Lake Maracaibo in Catatumbo, Venezuela and a region in Congo, Africa. This hands-on activity is a bright, colorful, and inviting way to bring lightning data to a broad audience and can be used for people of many ages, including elementary-aged audiences up to adults.
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