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JDR Vol.16 No.4 pp. 778-785
(2021)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0778

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3D Total Lightning Observation Network in Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Tokyo LMA)

Namiko Sakurai*,†, Koyuru Iwanami*, Shingo Shimizu*, Yasushi Uji*, Shin-ichi Suzuki*, Takeshi Maesaka*, Ken-ichi Shimose*, Paul R. Krehbiel**, William Rison**,***, and Daniel Rodeheffer**,***

*National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)
3-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0006, Japan

Corresponding author

**New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico, USA

***LMA Technologies, LLC, New Mexico, USA

Received:
October 1, 2020
Accepted:
March 23, 2021
Published:
June 1, 2021
Keywords:
3D total lightning, Tokyo LMA, lightning detection
Abstract

The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience deployed a lightning mapping array (LMA) in the Tokyo metropolitan area in March 2017. Called the “Tokyo LMA,” it obtains detailed three-dimensional observations of the total lightning activity (cloud-to-ground and intracloud flashes) in storms. The network initially consisted of 8 receiving stations, expanded to 12 stations in March 2018. Real-time total lightning images were first opened on the webpage in Japan. Real-time observations from the Tokyo LMA will be used in nowcasting lightning hazards and mitigating lightning disasters. Archived data will be used to develop lightning prediction techniques and a lightning climatology for the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Cite this article as:
Namiko Sakurai, Koyuru Iwanami, Shingo Shimizu, Yasushi Uji, Shin-ichi Suzuki, Takeshi Maesaka, Ken-ichi Shimose, Paul R. Krehbiel, William Rison, and Daniel Rodeheffer, “3D Total Lightning Observation Network in Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Tokyo LMA),” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16, No.4, pp. 778-785, 2021.
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