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Eastern Tropical Pacific ITCZ and Lightning Activity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study has been performed as a pilot study for a project regarding the meridional migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and its relationship with lightning activity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP). Objectives of this study were to analyze and improve lightning data to be used for such a study and to decide on a method and proper time scale of data analysis and ITCZ index development for this study. Exploratory data analysis has been practiced with World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) data and ITCZ index data. Results suggest that the most beneficial time-scale to be used for the above study is 15 days and that ITCZ estimations can be obtained via the use of precipitation index and cloud top temperature. Lightning data originated from atmospheric systems not associated with the ITCZ has been analyzed. This report proposes that Uppsala University should become part of the World Wide Lightning Location Network, enabling further work regarding this and similar projects.  

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Keyword [en]
Intertropical convergence zone, Lightning activity, Eastern tropical Pacific
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227427DiVA: diva2:729478
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Bachelor Programme in Physics
Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-06-25 Last updated: 2014-06-26Bibliographically approved

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