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“fundamentally advancing our ability to measure and understand lightning.”


I am interested in a wide variety of lightning physics questions. I consider myself primarly an "instrument guy" - someone who develops instrumentation to better understand the underlying nature of how lightning works. There is also a very real societal impact related to lightning research. To that end, I am also involved in investigations how to better explore this important area of lightning research, particularly how lightning and lightning energetics relate to severe weather and high impact manifestations of lightning. read more -->

The following video is an example of some of the work we do at UAH. It is the leader/return stroke of a negative CG flash that occured near the campus of UAH. See the description on Youtube for more!

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I am also part of the science teams for two space-based lightning sensors. This animation shows the average number of lightning flashes each day that occur globally during the year. This uses data from the Optical Transient Detector (OTD) and Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS), two instruments developed by researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.