South Asian Lightning Network SALNet initiated

Lightning and dark sky.
Ron Holle
Senior Scientist, Lightning
Published: Jun 30, 2020
Weather & Environment

The South Asia Lightning Network (SALNet) was initiated in a remarkable first meeting on June 25 - 26. This meeting of lightning interests in South Asia brought together 125 people online for sessions lasting two hours each day on topics related to the impacts of lightning on people and property. It was planned to recognize the first annual global recognition of International Lightning Safety Day

The attendees were primarily from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, as well as from Africa, the U.S. and Israel. Dr. Shriram Sharma in Nepal organized the meeting on short notice and invited me to speak twice, once about Vaisala lightning detection and again on research that I have done on lightning safety worldwide. 

This start fills an obvious need in a region where lightning knowledge is often deficient. It is hoped that it will develop into a group such as the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network in which I am active. I plan to interact with Dr. Sharma on a short study in the coming months so watch this space.

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