Seasonal variations of global lightning activity extracted from Schumann resonances using a genetic algorithm method

Heng Yang, Victor P. Pasko, Gabriella Sátori

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    Abstract

    A three-dimensional Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) model of the Earth-ionosphere cavity with a realistic conductivity profile is employed to study the global lightning activity using the observed intensity variations of Schumann resonances (SR). Comparison of the results derived from our FDTD model and the previous studies by other authors on related subjects shows that Schumann resonance is a good probe to indicate the seasonal variations of lightning activity in three main thunderstorm regions (Africa, southeast Asia, and South America). An inverse method based on genetic algorithms is developed to extract information on lightning intensity in these three regions from observed SR intensity data. Seasonal variations of the lightning activity in three thunderstorm centers are clearly observed in our results. Different SR frequency variations associated with seasonal variations of global lighting activity are also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article numberD01103
    JournalJournal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres
    Volume114
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 16 2009

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Geophysics
    • Forestry
    • Oceanography
    • Aquatic Science
    • Ecology
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Soil Science
    • Geochemistry and Petrology
    • Earth-Surface Processes
    • Atmospheric Science
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Palaeontology

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