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The contribution of anisotropic conductivity in the ionosphere to lightning flash bearing deviations in the ELF/ULF range


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Füllekrug, M. and Sukhorukov, A. I., 1999. The contribution of anisotropic conductivity in the ionosphere to lightning flash bearing deviations in the ELF/ULF range. Geophysical Research Letters, 26 (8), pp. 1109-1112.

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Abstract

Lightning flash bearing deviations in the ELF/ULF range are monitored at two independently operating measurement instruments in Hollister, California, and Silberborn, Germany. The lightning flash bearing deviation at Hollister exhibits a rotational dependence similar to 12 degrees, associated with the conductivity contrast between the Earth's crust and the nearby Pacific Ocean. The bearing deviations at both stations exhibit a pronounced diurnal local time variation similar to 11 degrees. This diurnal variation is attributed to the anisotropic conductivity in the ionosphere during day- and nighttime conditions. No bearing deviation dependency from the source-receiver distance can be distinguished. Correction for the mean rotational dependence at Hollister and the mean diurnal variation at both locations results in residual bearing deviations similar to +/-10 degrees which are related to the variability of anisotropic conductivity in the ionosphere on a subdiurnal time scale.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsFüllekrug, M.and Sukhorukov, A. I.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Electronic & Electrical Engineering
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code12909

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