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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - LI -
Full Name Lightning Imager Status Being developed
Instrument Agencies EUMETSAT, ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Lightning sensors Geometry Earth disk scanning
Instrument Technology Lightning imager Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format NetCDF
Measurements and Applications Real time lightning detection (cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground strokes, with no discrimination between the two), lightning location.
Resolution Summary < 10 km at 45°N
Swath Summary Fixed view of 80% of visible earth disc, all EUMETSAT member states
Accuracy Summary Detection Efficiency: 90% at 45N, SSP longitude, 70% on average over the area of coverage (for lightning signals 6.7 mWm-2sr-1 during the night, 16.7 mWm-2sr-1 during the day), Radiance accuracy: 10% for radiances higher than 70 mWm-2sr-1, 7 mWm-2sr-1 for radiances lower than 70 mWm-2sr-1
Waveband Summary NIR neutral oxygen lightning emission features at 777.4 nm
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Lightning DetectionLightning detection 
Instrument Missions
MTG-I1 (imaging) - Meteosat Third Generation - Imaging Satellite 1 (2020 - 2029)
MTG-I2 (imaging) - Meteosat Third Generation - Imaging Satellite 2 (2024 - 2033)
MTG-I3 (imaging) - Meteosat Third Generation - Imaging Satellite 3 (2028 - 2037)
MTG-I4 (imaging) - Meteosat Third Generation - Imaging Satellite 4 (2032 - 2041)
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