An Overview of Three-year JEM-GLIMS Nadir Observations of Lightning and TLEs

Tuesday, 15 December 2015: 16:00
3001 (Moscone West)
Mitsuteru Sato1, Tomoo Ushio2, Takeshi Morimoto3, Toru Adachi4, Hiroshi Kikuchi2, Makoto Suzuki5, Atsushi Yamazaki5, Yukihiro Takahashi1, Umran Inan6, Ivan Linscott6 and Yasuhide Hobara7, (1)Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, (2)Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, (3)Kinki University, Osaka, Japan, (4)Meteorological Research Institute, Ibaraki, Japan, (5)ISAS/JAXA, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan, (6)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (7)University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan
JEM-GLIMS nadir observations of lightning and TLEs at the ISS started from November 2012 and successfully ended on August 2015. For three-year observation period, JEM-GLIMS succeeded in detecting over 8,000 lightning events and 670 TLEs. The detected optical emissions of sprites showed clear horizontal displacement with the range of 10-20 km from the peak location of the +CG emissions and from the +CG locations detected by NLDN and WWLLN. Using VITF electric field waveform data, source locations of VHF pulses excited by the parent CG discharges are estimated. It is found that the possible VHF source locations were mostly located within the area of the parent lightning emissions. These facts may imply that the center region of the neutralized charge by CG discharges in the thundercloud located near the return stroke point and that the some seed conditions were established in advance at the sprite location before the occurrence of sprites. The global occurrence distributions and rates of lightning discharges and TLEs are also estimated. The estimated mean global occurrence rate of lightning discharges is ~1.5 events/s, which is smaller number than that derived from MicroLab-1/OTD and TRMM/LIS measurements. This may be originated in the fact that JEM-GLISM detected only intense lightning optical events due to the high threshold level for the event triggering. To the contrary, the estimated mean global occurrence rate of TLEs is ~9.8 events/min, which is two times higher than the ISUAL result. It is likely that JEM-GLIMS could detect dimmer optical emissions of TLEs than ISUAL since the distance between the JEM-GLIMS instruments and TLEs is much closer. At the presentation, we will summarize the results derived from three-year JEM-GLIMS nadir observations. We will discuss possible occurrence conditions of sprites, properties of global occurrence rates of lightning and TLEs, and their LT dependences more in detail.