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)
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ; United Nations Environment Programme ; International Council for SciencePublished by: WMO ; 2019
“The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs” (GCOS, 2016), further referred to as “GCOS Implementation Plan”, calls in its Action A29 for defining “the requirement for lightning measurements, including data exchange, for climate monitoring and to encourage space agencies and operators of ground-based systems to strive for global coverage and reprocessing of existing datasets”. The GCOS Implementation Plan was endorsed by the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) at its Sixteenth session (WMO, 2016) and CBS decided “to support Members, as appropriate, in the implementation of the actions identified in the GCOS Implementation Plan”. In addition, the 69th session of the Executive Council (WMO, 2017) invited members “to work towards the full implementation of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan.”
In order to follow up on this action, the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC) agreed during AOPC-22 (Exeter, UK, March 2017, (GCOS, 2017)) on the creation of a dedicated task-team on lightning observations for climate applications (TTLOCA). This task team continues the work related to lightning observations of the Task Team on the Use of Remote Sensing Data for Climate Monitoring of the Commission for Climatology (CCl) as a joint GCOS/CCl task team.
The 70th session of the Executive Council in 2018 (WMO, 2018) was informed that AOPC had taken the lead to explore potential climate applications for lightning observations and how to promote them. The report of the first meeting of the task team was made available.
This report summarizes the recommendations of the task team. Further work should be carried on in collaboration with the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and CBS Inter Programme Expert Team on the Observing System Design and Evolution (IPET-OSDE).
Collection(s) and Series: GCOS- No. 227
Format: Digital (Free)
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