GLM Training Resources

STAT Approved Training Documents

 

Definitions and Detection Methods

Download: Quick Guide (pdf) - Quick Brief (mp4) or (html - CLC for quiz/credit)

Publish Date: 2018-06-11 (Quick Guide updated 2019-05-08)

Author: Rudlosky (NESDIS/STAR)

Description:  This Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) quick brief describes the GLM detection methods and defines the Level 2 data product.  The audience is shown how optical lightning observations are captured, filtered, and combined into a Level 2 product.  GLM events, groups, and flashes are defined along with the methods used to locate them.  Flash skeletons are shown to demonstrate the value of the rapid temporal updates provided by the GLM.  The importance of observing and characterizing the horizontal flash structure is described in the context of quantifying this information to provide insights into convective storm mode and evolution.


 

 

GLM Gridded Products

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Publish Date: 2018-06-11

Author: Rudlosky (NESDIS/STAR)

Description:  This Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) quick brief describes the creation of the GLM gridded products.  The need for gridded products is described, and methods for computing the Flash Extent Density (FED) are shown.  Example FED imagery is presented to demonstrate the first GLM gridded product available in AWIPS.  Additional gridded products are introduced to illustrate their potential added value in the warning and forecast process.


 

 

GLM Data Quality

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Publish Date: 2018-06-11 (Quick Guide updated 2019-05-08)

Author: Rudlosky (NESDIS/STAR)

Description:  This Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) quick brief describes the data quality status during June 2018. The GLM is a new instrument undergoing extensive calibration and validation, which appears to be meeting its performance requirements despite the examples illustrated herein.  The GLM gridded products are shown to exhibit a similar parallax effect to the Advanced Baseline Imager.  Sources of false events are described, including platform disturbances, sun glint, solar intrusion, and overshoot at subarray boundaries. 


 

GLM Average Flash Area and Total Optical Energy

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Publish Date: 2018-08-07

Author: Rudlosky (NESDIS/STAR)

Description:  This Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) quick brief defines GLM average flash area (AFA) and total optical energy (TOE) and illustrates how these products complement flash extent density (FED) to enhance the GLM insights.  These guides illustrate how the AFA and TOE help diagnose convective initiation and subsequent storm growth, and document their value for characterizing the convective scene.  The AFA and TOE also help diagnose and understand how the optical lightning signals interact with the cloud scene.


 

GLM Applications

Download:  Quick Brief (mp4) - Quick Guide (pdf) - CLC (html)

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Author: Stano (NASA/SPoRT)

Description:  The GLM applications overview focuses on the flash extent density product.  This quick guide and quick brief demonstrate the physical connection to thunderstorm updraft strength and the flash extent density product and highlights the limitations and strengths of this product. Also, two simple examples of using these data are shown.  This includes a severe weather decision support case and using the GLM flash extent density for lightning safety.


 

 

GLM and Ground Based Networks

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Author: Stano (NASA/SPoRT)

Description:  The GLM and ground networks quick guide and quick brief highlight the differences between GLM and the ground networks. The GLM observes lightning very differently resulting in unique capabilities, such as spatial extent observations, and issues to recognize, such as parallax. The information here will provide a basic overview of these differences and how to maximize the strengths of each observation system.


 

 

 

 
Earlier Training Documents  

 

 

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper

Publish Date: 2017-10-27

 

 

 

 

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

Publish Date: 2014-09-05
Last Updated On: 2016-05-04

 
   

Recommended Training Paths

Review all 6 topics [briefs: 30 min, guides: 30 min]

Initial Brief/Guide Topics
1)    Definitions and Detection Methods – 4:51
2)   Gridded Products – 4:16
3)   Data Quality – 4:56     
4)   Applications – 5:53
5)   GLM and Ground Based Networks – 6:26
6)   GLM AFA and TOE – 4:57


Additional information can be found via the blog posts and answers to frequently asked questions.

GLM Applications Library

WFO Date Application
Huntsville 5/30/18 FED and Airport Weather Warning
     

 

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