Lightning risk assessment at a high spatial resolution using the resident sub-district scale: A case study in Beijing metropolitan areas
Hai Bo Hu1 and Jing Xiao Li21Institute of Urban Meteorology, CMA, Beijing, 100089, China 2Beijing Lightning Devices Security Test Center, Beijing, 100080, China
Received: 29 Jun 2016 – Accepted for review: 19 Jul 2016 – Discussion started: 02 Aug 2016
Abstract. Lightning risk indexes identifying the potential number of dangerous lightning events (NDLEs) and ground sensitivity to lightning in resident sub-districts of Beijing metropolitan areas have been unprecedentedly estimated on a 5 m resolution grid. The gridded cloud to ground (CG) lightning stroke density was used in the NDLE calculation, on account of multiple contacts formed by CG lightning flash multiplicity. Meanwhile, in the NDLE estimates, the critical CG stroke gridded densities derived from the lightning location system (LLS) data were corrected for network detection efficiency (DE). This case study on resident sub-district indicates that the site-specific sensitivity to lightning, which is determined by the terrain factors related to lightning attachment, as well as lightning rod effects induced by nearby structures, differs greatly across types of underlying ground areas. The discrepancy of the NDLE which is the numerical product of sensitivity and CG stroke density, is predominated by the sensitivity on account of the relatively stationary CG stroke density in a resident sub-district scale. Conclusively, the visualization of lightning risk sensitivity and NDLE discrepancy in parts of a resident sub-district at high spatial resolution makes it convenient in risk reduction and risk control for lightning risk management.
Hu, H. B. and Li, J. X.: Lightning risk assessment at a high spatial resolution using the resident sub-district scale: A case study in Beijing metropolitan areas, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2016-231, 2016.