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Publications:


2016

Bitzer, P. M. (2016)
Global distribution and properties of continuing current in lightning
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/2016JD025532, in press.

Bitzer, P. M., and J. C. Burchfield (2016)
Bayesian techniques to analyze and merge lightning locating system data
Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL071951, in press.

Bitzer, P. M., J. C. Burchfield, and H. J. Christian (2016)
A Bayesian approach to assess the performance of lightning detection systems
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33(3), 563–578, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0032.1.

2015

Carlson, B. E., C. Liang, P. Bitzer, and H. Christian (2015).
Time domain simulations of preliminary breakdown pulses in natural lightning
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(11), 5316–5333, doi:10.1002/2014JD022765

Yanoviak, S., E. Gora, J. Fredley, P. M. Bitzer, R.-M. Muzika, and W. P. Carson (2015)
Direct effects of lightning in temperate forests: a review and preliminary survey in a hemlock-hardwood forest of the northern United States
Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 45(10), doi:10.1139/cjfr-2015-0081.

2014

Bitzer, P.M. and Christian, H. J. (2014).
Timing uncertainity of the Lightning Imaging Sensor.
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32(3):453–460, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00177.1

Matthee, R., Mecikalski, J., Carey, L., and Bitzer, P. M. (2014)
Quantitative Differences Between Lightning and Non–Lightning Convective Rainfall Events As Observed with Dual– Polarimetric Radar and MSG Satellite Data
Monthly Weather Review, 142(10):3651–3665

2013

Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; M. Stewart; J. Burchfield; S. Podgorny; D. Corredor;
J. Hall; E. Kuznetsov; V. Franklin (2013)
Characterization and applications of VLF/LF source locations from lightning using the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(8):3120–3138

2011

Bitzer, P. (2011)
New Revelations on Lightning Initiation and Evolution Using a Newly Developed Array of Wideband Electric Field Sensors
PhD thesis, University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Conference Talks/Posters:


2017

Bitzer, P. M., and S. I. Fairman (2017)
Characterization of continuing current on a global scale
presented at 2017 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Schultz, C. J., D. J. Cecil, L. D. Carey, P. M. Bitzer, and W. J. Koshak (2017)
Integrating space-borne lightning characteristics and ground-based metrics for assessing thunderstorm intensity
presented at 2017 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Edgington, S. F., T. C. E., P. M. Bitzer, H. J. Christian, M. D. Rafal, and S. J. Goodman (2017)
GLM: Adventures in post-launch test
presented at 2017 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

2016

Bitzer, P. M., and W. J. Koshak (2016)
Trends in lightning electrical energy derived from the Lightning Imaging Sensor
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Zhang, D., K. L. Cummins, and P. M. Bitzer (2016)
On the nature of large-radiance flashes reported by lis over the U.S.
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Grove, J. E., E. A. Wolf, R. S. Woolf, B. F. Phlips, and P. M. Bitzer (2016)
Ground-level search for terrestrial gamma-ray flashes
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Zhang, D., K. L. Cummins, A. Nag, M. Murphy, and P. M. Bitzer (2016)
Evaluation of the National Lightning Detection Network upgrade using the Lightning Imaging Sensor
presented at 2016 Meeting of the International Lightning Detection Conference.

Ringhausen, J., and P. M. Bitzer (2016)
A comparison of the VLF waveform and optical emissions using ground based and satellite based lightning detection methods
presented at 2016 Meeting of the International Lightning Detection Conference.

Bitzer, P. M., J. C. Burchfield, and K. N. Brunner (2016)
Multifrequency investigation into lightning initiation
presented at 2016 International Lightning Detection Conference.

Gora, E. M., P. M. Bitzer, and J. C. a. Y. S. P. Burchfield (2016)
Why does lightning only kill some trees? A model-based approach
presented at Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

Ringhausen, J., and P. M. Bitzer (2016)
A comparison of the VLF waveform and optical emissions using ground based and spaced based lightning detection methods
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Bitzer, P. M., and J. C. Burchfield (2016)
Bayesian analysis of lightning data sets
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Schultz, C. J., P. M. Bitzer, L. D. Carey, T. Chronis, and S. M. Stough (2016)
The temporal and probabilistic relationship between lightning jump occurrence and radar-derived thunderstorm intensification
presented at 2016 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

2015

P. M. Bitzer, J. C. Burchfield, and H. J. Christian. (2015)
Determination of detection efficiency of lightning detection systems using Bayesian analysis.
Presented at 2015 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Bitzer, P. M. (2015)
Distinguished Lecturer Program: Lightning Physics, Instrumentation, and Applications
presented at 2015 Meeting of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions Protection Engineers Group.

Bitzer, P. M. (2015)
Keynote Address: All You Wanted to Know About Lightning but Were Afraid to Ask
presented at 2015 Meeting of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions Protection Engineers Group.

Carlson, B. E., P. M. Bitzer, and J. C. Burchfield (2015)
Comparison of Simulations of Preliminary Breakdown to Observations from the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array
presented at 2015 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.

Yanoviak, S., P. M. Bitzer, J. C. Burchfield, and M. Detto (2015)
Ecological effects of lightning in tropical forests
Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Honolulu, HI.

2014

Bitzer, P. M. (2014).
The occurence of continuing current in lightning.
Presented at 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.

Carlson, B. E., C. Liang, P. M. Bitzer, and H. J. Christian (2014)
Comparison of Simulations of Preliminary Breakdown to Observations from the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array
presented at 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.

Brunner, K. N., P. M. Bitzer, and H. Christian (2014)
On the optical emission of intracloud lightning leaders
presented at 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.

Goodman, S. J., R. J. Blakeslee, W. Koshak, D. E. Buechler, L. Carey, T. Chronis, D. Mach, M. Bateman, H. Petersen, E. McCaul, G. Stano, P. M. Bitzer, S. D. Rudlosky, and K. Cummins (2014)
The GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) and the Global Observing System for Total Lightning
World Weather Open Science Conference, World Meteorological Organization.

Bitzer, P. M., H. J. Christian, and J. C. Burchfield (2014)
BOLT - the balloon originating lightning trigger
presented at 2014 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Goodman, S. J., M. Bateman, P. M. Bitzer, B. Carcione, K. M. Calhoun, K. Cummins, S. D. Rudlosky, and K. D. White (2014)
A total lightning product monitor
presented at 2014 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Christian, H. J., P. M. Bitzer, and S. Edgington (2014)
The geostationary lightning mapper – theoretical and predicted performance
presented at 2014 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Burchfield, J. C., H. J. Christian, and P. M. Bitzer (2014)
Determination of charge movement in intracloud lightning determination of charge movement in intracloud lightning flashes
presented at 2014 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Brunner, K. N., P. M. Bitzer, and H. Christian (2014)
Phenomenology of intracloud lightning
presented at 2014 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity.

Bitzer, P. M. (2014)
High speed video of lightning
WeatherFest, Invited.

Bitzer, P. M. (2014)
Optical emissions of lightning
UAH Brownbag Seminar, Invited.

Bitzer, P. M. and Christian, H. J. (2014)
A comparison of space based optical measurements and ground based VLF measurements
Presented at 2014 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

Goodman, S. J., Bateman, M., Bitzer, P. M., Carcione, B., Calhoun, K. M., Cummins, K., and Rudlosky, S. D. (2014)
A total lightning product monitor
Presented at 2014 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

2013

Bitzer, P. M., Christian, H. J., Franklin, V., Brunner-Miller, K., Burchfield, J. C., and Walker, T. D. (2013)
LIS groups and electric fields and the relationship to neutralized charge
Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting

Christian, H. J., Bitzer, P. M., Walker, T. D., and Burchfield, J. C. (2013)
Lightning energetics
Presented at 2013 Meeting of the International Union of Radio Science

Jarvis, C., M. S. Briggs, S. Xiong, H. J. Christian, P. M. Bitzer, D. E. Buechler, R. H. Holzworth, and S. A. Cummer (2013)
Simultaneous Radio, Optical and Gamma-Ray Observations of TGFs
Presented at 2013 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting

2012

Bitzer, P. M. (2012)
GLM Validation with HAMMA
Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting

Burchfield, J. C., Bitzer, P. M., and Christian, H. J. (2012)
Application of the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array to the Total Charge Transfer of Lightning
Presented at 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Franklin, V., Bitzer, P. M., and Christian, H. J. (2012)
An Investigation of the Detectability of Cloud-to-Ground Strokes by the Lightning Imaging Sensor
Presented at 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Liang, C.; B.E. Carlson; P.M. Bitzer; H.J. Christian; N. G. Lehtinen, U. S. Inan
Study of field change array data with time domain fractal lightning modeling
Proceedings of the 2012 National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, Colorado, United
States

2011

Carlson, B.E.; C. Liang; P.M. Bitzer; H.J. Christian; N.G. Lehtinen; U.S. Inan (2011)
Interpretation of field change array data with time domain fractal lightning modelings
Proceedings of the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.

Burchfield, J.; P.M. Bitzer; V. Franklin; H.J. Christian (2011)
Performance of the Huntsville, Alabama Marx Meter Array
Proceedings of the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.

Bitzer, P. M. (2011)
A Tour of Lightning with HAMMA.
Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting.

Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Latham (2011)
Characterizing Lightning Initiation Regions in Thunderstorms
Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.

2010

Bitzer, P. M. (2010)
The Huntsville Electric Field Change Network
Presented at Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting.

Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Burchfield (2010)
Lightning Location Using Electric Field Change Meters
Proceedings of the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.

Burchfield, J.; P.M. Bitzer, V. Franklin; H.J. Christian (2010)
An Analysis of the Distance Dependence of Measured Peak Electric Fields from Cloud-
to-Ground Lightning Return Strokes

Proceedings of the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.

2009

Bitzer, P.M., H.J. Christian; M. Stewart; J. Burchfield (2009)
Initial Results From the Huntsville, Alabama Field Change Array
Proceedings of the 2009 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.

2007

Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Latham (2007)
Hydrometeor Environments Near Lightning Centroids and the Impact on Initial Breakdown
Proceedings of the 2007 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States

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