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Simultaneous detection of lightning flashes by MMIA-ASIM and Colombia Lightning Mapping Array

Jesús Alberto López1, Joan Montanyà1, Oscar van der Velde1, Ferran Fabró1, Javier Navarro2, Víctor Reglero2, Olivier Chanrion3, Torsten Neubert3, Krystallia Dimitriadou3, and Nikolai Østgaard4
Jesús Alberto López et al.
  • 1Lightning Research Group (LRG), Technical University of Catalonia, Terrassa, Spain
  • 2Image Processing Laboratory (IPL), University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • 3National Space Institute (DTU Space), Denmark
  • 4Centre for Space Science, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Since April 2018, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) has been in operation on board the International Space Station (ISS). ASIM is composed of the Modular X-and Gamma Ray Sensor (MXGS) as well as a multispectral and high resolution array of photometers and cameras, called the Modular Multispectral Imaging Array (MMIA). These instruments allow us to investigate Terrestrial Gamma-Flashes, Transient Luminous Events and their interactions with thunderstorms and lightning flashes.

The Colombia Lightning Mapping Array (COL-LMA), operational since 2017, is the first VHF range network installed and working in a tropical region, and can contribute to the electrical understanding of thunderstorms and lightning leader processes associated with high energy phenomena in the upper atmosphere.

This work employs data from the MMIA array to investigate optical emission patterns at different bands (337 nm, 180-230 nm and 777.4 nm) caused by lightning leader development and cloud-to-ground flashes, derived from the COL-LMA and LINET network respectively. All cases are also correlated with optical observation from the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on board the ISS, and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper sensor on the GOES-R satellite.

The region of study is defined by the high detection-efficiency area of the COL-LMA around the Magdalena river valley. MMIA-ASIM information since July 2019 corresponding to passes over this tropical region has been analysed.

How to cite: López, J. A., Montanyà, J., van der Velde, O., Fabró, F., Navarro, J., Reglero, V., Chanrion, O., Neubert, T., Dimitriadou, K., and Østgaard, N.: Simultaneous detection of lightning flashes by MMIA-ASIM and Colombia Lightning Mapping Array, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-21858,, 2020