Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Research Summary: Focusing on the charge structures and lightning discharge morphology of thunderstorms that produce Transient Luminous Events - specifically sprites and gigantic jets. Using radar, National Lightning Detection Network, and Lightning Mapping Array data, he can determine where areas of charge reside inside the thundercloud. The Lighting mapping array data also allows the lighting evolution of each flash to be tracked in detail. His work also focus’s on modeling these exotic charge structures and lightning behavior to gain a better understanding of the electrical processes taking place inside the thundercloud.
Top: Vertical cross section of base reflectivity overlaid with Lighting Mapping Array data. The white dots are a ‘bolt from the blue’, that is, a discharge exiting the side of the thunderstorm and connecting with ground under clear skies. Bottom: Horizontal cross section of the above lighting discharge.