The Lightning Mapper Sensor is proposed as an instrument for use on a geosynchronous satellite in the late 1980s to monitor lightning activity continuously over broad areas of the earth. The system was suggested in response to a variety of needs and the resulting data will provide important research information for such fields of geoscience as magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, atmospheric electricity, atmospheric chemistry, and storm physics. The research applications of Lightning Mapper Sensor data and related research programs are explored and sensor requirements are discussed.
1 Universities Space Research Association, P. O. Box 3006, Boulder, Colo. 80307.
2 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, N. Mex. 87801.
3 NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala. 35812.
4 National Center for Atmospheric Research, P. O. Box 3000, Boulder, Colo. 80307.
5 State University of New York at Albany, Albany, N.Y. 12222.
6 Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. 94305.
7 National Center for Atmospheric Research, P. O. Box 3000, Boulder, Colo. 80307.
8 State University of New York at Albany, Albany, N.Y. 12222.
9 This work was sponsored by NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center.
10 The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.