Lightning for Climate : A Study by the Task Team on Lightning Observation For Climate Applications (TT-LOCA) Of the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC) - GCOS-227

United Nations Environment Programme ; World Meteorological Organization ; International Council for Science ; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (2019)

This study summarizes the work done by TTLOCA and covers key aspects of lightning observations for climate applications. It explains the relevance of lightning observations for climate, describes the current status of observations, discusses gaps and open research questions and provides suggestions for monitoring requirements for lightning, including metadata requirements. Recommendations are summarized in the beginning of the document with the intention that these recommendations will be considered for the respective WMO regulations.

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