Lightning is an integral, very loudly speaking element of our weather, one we can monitor and use to our benefit as part of a safety network. Very High Frequency radio emissions are live descriptions of the structure and strength of each discharge. Processed by mapping algorithms and presented on an easy-to-access online application, they give a layered, detailed progress report of an actual storm. Every thunderbolt is a unique descriptor of a weather event, every strike is an indication of the next one. Looking at lightnings as signals is a great way to better predict turbulent local weather that might cause severe damage and warn those affected, in time.

Thunder generation and propagation was studied in depth using theory and experimental measurements. A database was then created with the essential field measurement results. Afterwards, algorithms for reliable identification, accurate location, mapping of lightning were derived by database elaboration, fine-tuned by acquired data based simulation and verified with experimental measurements. Supercell tracking algorithm was created by building a model based on the correlation between the measurements and the obtained boundary of the supercells. Meanwhile the development of peripheral modules were undertaken, such as the GPS/3G network platform, the web based service and the sensor platform which form part of the fully functional prototype.

The research and development leading to LOLIGHT is the cooperative effort of the Consortium of six companies

Cirprotec S.L.

Datac Control International Limited

Prisma Electronics ABEE

Euroalarm spol s.r.o

Meteomalta

European Weather Service Ltd.

with the help of MFKK Invention and Research Center Ltd., Universitaet Wien and Centre de Recerca I Innovació de Catalunya S.A: funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.