Lightning activity in a greenhouse world
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Colin Price; David Rind
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • climate change
  • fire frequency
  • lightning
  • lightning caused fires
  • lightning effects
  • remote sensing
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Each year lightning ignites approximately 10,000 wildland fires in the United States alone. Therefore, when considering how climate change may affect wildland fires, one needs to consider possible changes in lightning activity. With the aid of satellite cloud and lightning observations we have developed parameterizations for the calculation of lightning frequencies in General Circulation Models (GCM's). This was achieved by relating the height of convective cloud tops in the model to the intensity of lightning activity. Good agreement exists between the model's control run for today's climate, and the available satellite observations of lightning activity. The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) GCM shows that for a 2

Online Link(s):
Price, C., and D. Rind. 1994. Lightning activity in a greenhouse world. Proceedings of the Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, v. 11, p. 598-604.