Lightning detection in British Columbia: an example of using system operation of unknown reliability to estimate component reliability

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2009-09-04T17:42:09Z

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Johnson, Bruce R.

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Lightning data collected over three dry seasons from the detection system operated by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests were analyzed to estimate the distribution of lightning signal strength and component detection efficiencies. The analysis was based on more than 165,000 lightning strike records where component detectors served both as lightning finders and as data collectors for evaluating the performance of other component detectors in the network. In spite of the unusual feature of this application involving a system evaluating itself, much was revealed to identify weaknesses and suggest improvements. A post-analysis system modification update is included.

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data analysis, reliability, applications

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