Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Engineering Physics
Gary R. Huffines, PhD
Understanding lightning characteristics over land and water is vital to achieving optimal safety and success in Air Force missions. Lightning safety rules are often based on experience rather than a scientific understanding of lightning. Examining lightning characteristics over water and land will assist in a better understanding of lightning and provide answers that can protect human lives and property. Water and land have different compositions and surface conductivity values. A lightning stroke is detected through a change in the electro-magnetic field at the surface. The change in surface conductivity values from land to water can affect the detection of a lightning stroke and its associated parameters. The change in composition from water to land can also affect the dynamics of a storm and the lightning discharge process.
DTIC Accession Number
Boll, Elizabeth A., "An Analysis in Cloud-To-Ground Lightning Over Land versus Water" (2000). Theses and Dissertations. 4745.