Vaisala Introduces A Unique Global Lightning Dataset

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MEDIA RELEASE PR35831


Vaisala Introduces a Unique Global Lightning Dataset


GENEVA, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    The dataset will provide lightning information throughout the globe to

serve the world's meteorological institutions and other weather-dependent

users.


    Consisting of lightning sensors distributed throughout the globe, the

coverage and performance of Vaisala's Global Lightning Dataset (GLD360) is

unique, global, and real-time. GLD360 outperforms satellite lightning

detection by enabling uniform global coverage and by providing the timeliest

information on rapidly evolving severe weather situations. The network

detects over two thirds of all lightning strikes coming to the surface of the

earth and provides peak current information for cloud-to-ground lightning

events. Additionally, the dataset provides information over oceanic regions

where there is a shortage of real time weather observations.


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    "We have over 20 years of experience in thunderstorm systems in North

America, and are now extremely pleased to launch a data solution that serves

our customers on a global scale," says Kjell Forsén, the President and CEO of

Vaisala.


    The potential application areas of Vaisala's GLD360 data range from

thunderstorm identification, hydrology and hurricane forecasting to improved

high sea identification and climate change research. Additionally, aviation

and marine routing will benefit from improved lightning data provision.


    "Over the past five years, we have demonstrated that assimilating

lightning data into mesoscale weather models can improve short-to-medium term

forecasts. The superior coverage and performance of GLD360, particularly over

data-sparse ocean regions, provides a unique opportunity to improve synoptic

and mesoscale forecasts on a global scale," says Dr. Steven Businger from the

University of Hawaii.


    The Global Lightning Dataset (GLD360) is the result of research

collaboration with Stanford University. Vaisala's leading expertise in

environmental measurement combined with best possible technological knowhow

has made this real-time, global network a reality.


    "It is rewarding to see that this joint scientific and technological

innovation will benefit a large number and variety of users in different

parts of the world - not only the meteorological community but also climate

change research," stated Dr. Ryan Said from Stanford University.


    Vaisala arranges a webcast press briefing about the GLD360 on Monday

August 31 at 14:00 CET in connection with the World Climate Conference in

Geneva, Switzerland. The webcast can be viewed at

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    About Vaisala


    Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement.

Building on more than 70 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better

quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation

and measurement products and services for meteorology, weather critical

operations and controlled environments. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala

employs over 1200 professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX


    

    Further information


    Martti Husu

    Executive Vice President, Meteorology

    Tel. +358-40-5483-423


    Helena Marjaranta

    Senior Vice President, Communications

    Tel. +358-40-581-9102


    SOURCE: Vaisala


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