Semestral Journal of Centro Argentino de Meteorólogos, which is published  since 1970 and serves on the Core of Argentine Scientific Journals since 2005. Meteorologica publishes original papers in the field of atmospheric sciences and oceanography.

Registration number of intellectual property: RL-2018-42420861-APN-DNDA#MJ

ISSN 1850-468X

Volume 38 – N°2 MORE NOTES FROM THIS ISSUE

LIGHTNING ACTIVITY DURING THE 2011 ERUPTION OF THE CORDÓN CAULLE VOLCANIC COMPLEX

Mara Gabriela Nicora , Rodrigo E. Burgesser, Alejandro Rosales, Eduardo J. Quel y Eldo E.  Avila

CEILAP, UNIDEF (MINDEF - CONICET), UMI-IFAECI-CNRS 3351, - Juan Bautista de La Salle 4397 - B1603ALO Villa Martelli, Argentina.
FaMAF, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, IFEG-CONICET, Cordoba, Argentina.
Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia SJB, Facultad de Ingeniera, Departamento de Fsica, Rawson y Belgrano, 9100 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina

Manuscript received on 22 August 2012, in final form on 21 March 2013

ABSTRACT

A study of the lightning activity generated by the eruption of the Cordón Caulle volcanic complex during June 2011 was performed using the World Wide Lightning Location Network data. The observed lightning activity corresponds to the volcanic plume electrical activity with a good correlation between the lightning count and the volcanic plume height. Although the detected lightning activity was low, the results agree with previous studies and show that lightning activity could be used as a proxy of the volcanic activity. This study also shows the feasibility on the use of the network for early volcanic eruptions detection.