Lightning experts to discuss electrifying research at conference in Guntersville, Ala.; media invited to cover

June 02, 1999

Lightning -- its connection to severe weather, dangers of lightning strikes, triggering lightning with rockets, and detecting lightning from space -- will be discussed by researchers at the Eleventh International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity in Guntersville, Ala., June 7-11.

"This conference will bring together leading international lightning researchers to exchange information about the study of atmospheric electricity and discuss recent, exciting results," said conference chairman Dr. Hugh Christian, senior lightning researcher at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

"We'll exchange ideas, gather information, and -- most importantly -- create an atmosphere where scientists can pursue fruitful and stimulating discussions about their research," said Christian.

Media interested in attending or covering the workshop should contact Steve Roy of the Marshall Media Relations Office at 256-544-6535. Interviews, photos and video supporting this release also are available to media representatives by contacting Steve Roy. For an electronic version of this release or digital photos, visit Marshall's News Center on the Web:

Researchers will be available for media interviews on various aspects of atmospheric electricity throughout the conference. Nearly 200 researchers -- some of whom are listed below -- will present their research during the following scientific sessions:

Monday, June 7

9:15-11:45 a.m. - Lightning Characteristics

2:15-4:45 p.m. - Lightning Characteristics Tuesday, June 8

9:15-11:45 a.m. - Lightning Detection and Protection;

2:15-4:45 p.m. - Thunderstorm ElectrificationWednesday, June 9,

9:15-11:45 a.m. - Thunderstorm Characteristics

2:15-4:45 p.m. - Thunderstorm Characteristics Thursday, June 10

9:15-11:45 a.m. - Fair Weather Electricity

2:15-4:45 p.m. - Global Lightning Activity; Lightning ChemistryConference sponsors include the International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity, NASA, the National Science Foundation and the American Meteorological Society.
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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center News Center

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