Recently, GEON (explained in the attached pdf) equipment was installed in the MAGDAS station at Kuju, Oita Prefecture, Japan. Attached is the full report for this installation; the first paragraph is reprinted below for your reference.
The main objective of GEON is to carry out continuously the measurement of electromagnetic waves in the extra low frequency (ELF) range of 1-100Hz excited by lightning discharges and to monitor global lightning activities. Using the ELF waveform data obtained by GEON, it is possible to estimate global occurrence locations and rates of lightning discharges and to deduce the charge moment changes, which is a proxy of the discharge energy. From the ELF waveform data, it is also possible to deduce a discharge current of lightnings, which occur within a few thousand kilometers from the GEON site. This innovative technique is a really powerful tool to monitor the lightning current, which will be a substitute for a huge and expensive Rogowskii coil measurement system.
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If you have recently installed equipment in the field, please send in your report to me for community-wide distribution.
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