AGU Chapman Conference on Effects of Thunderstorms and Lightning in the Upper Atmosphere

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
10–14 May 2009


Program Committee

Elisabeth Blanc, CEA, France, International Space Station
Steven Cummer, Duke University, VLF Observations
Martin Fullekrug, Bath University, United Kingdom, ELF Observations
Umran Inan, Stanford University, VLF Observations
Elizabeth Kendall, Stanford Research Institute, Optical Observations
Walter Lyons, FMA Research, Meteorology
Stephen Mende, UC, Berkeley, Spectroscopy
Gennady Milikh, University of Maryland, Theory
Torsten Neubert, Danish Nat. Space Center, Denmark, Optical Observations
Colin Price, Tel Aviv University, Israel, ELF Observations
Craig Rodger, Otago University, New Zealand, VLF Observations
Robert Roussel-Dupre, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theory
Fernanda Sao Sabbas, IPNE, Brazil, South American Research
David Smith, University of California, Santa Cruz, TGF observations
Han-Tzong Su, National Chen Kung Univ., Taiwan, Satellite Observations
Yukihiro Takahashi, Tohoku University of Japan, Photometry
Michael Taylor, Utah State University, SA Observations, Airglow
Earle Williams, MIT, ELF Observations

Financial Co-Sponsor

National Science Foundation

Office of Naval Research

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Conference Objectives

The Conference will cover topics across the full spectrum of disciplines relevant to the subject, ranging from the underlying meteorology of sprite-associated lightning, gas breakdown and discharge processes, electromagnetic effects, energetic processes, and photochemical, kinetic and transport mechanisms.

Specific Conference goals are to:

Conference Format and Topics

The conference will open with registration and a reception on Sunday, 10 May 2009. There will be four full days of scientific sessions beginning on Monday morning, 11 May and running through Thursday, 14 May. The following is a very preliminary agenda and is subject to change based on the abstracts received for the Conference.

One full day will be devoted to each of four major topics. There will be morning and afternoon sessions for each topic with each broken into two 2-hour segments separated by a break. Invited and contributed talks will be interspersed throughout each session, with allowance made for significant discussion within each session.

Monday, 11 May

Observations of Transient Luminous Events: Recent Advances and Future Prospects
(Field and satellite experiments, optical/infrared/UV, FUV, morphology, infrasound, etc.)

Tuesday, 12 May

Theory of Transient Luminous Events: Recent Advances and Future Prospects
(Optical/infrared/UV/FUV emissions, streamers, chemical effects)

Wednesday, 13 May

ELF/VLF Effects of Lightning and Transient Luminous Events
(Observations and Theory)

Thursday, 14 May

Energetic Radiation From Lightning, and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes
(Observations and Theory)

Poster sessions concurrent with the topic of each day will also be held. Posters provide opportunities for participants to interact intensively in an informal setting. All posters will be on display for the duration of the conference, if space permits. Poster presenters will be asked to provide a 4–5 minute oral presentation, including one visual, of their work summarizing the main results. Poster session chairs will highlight posters that are relevant to the daily topic and will ask those authors to be present at their posters for one hour in the evening.


31 Aug (Mon), 2009 Receipt of manuscripts for Special Issue of JGR-Space Physics

Conference Program and Archives

The final program (pdf) is now available.

A complete list of abstracts being presented at the conference is now available.

Conference Proceedings

Conference participant presentations will be published as a collection of articles in a Special Section of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics. The deadline for submitting to the Special Section has been extended until 31 August 2009 . Papers related to the subject of the Conference, which have been recently published, accepted, or are presently in review at the Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics can be linked to the Special Section in the online version of the journal. Interested authors should notify the Conference conveners. The Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics also welcomes submissions to this Special Section from authors not attending the Chapman conference.

Further Information

If you would like to receive future updates about this conference, e-mail For information about the scientific program, please contact one of the Conference conveners via e-mail.