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Dr. Martin A. Uman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus,

Dr. Vladimir A. Rakov, Distinguished Professor, Director of ICLRT-LOG,

Dr. Robert Moore, Professor,

Graduate Students:

Ziqin Ding, Ph.D.

Si Chen, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholars:

Dr. Dan Micu, Professor, Fulbright Scholar,

Istvan Kereszy, Ph.D., Fulbright Scholar,

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The International Center for Lightning Research and Testing at Camp Blanding (ICLRT-CB), Florida

In October 1994, the University of Florida and Camp Blanding Florida Army National Guard Base signed an agreement forming the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) for the purpose of advancing the science and technology of lightning.  The Center occupies over 100 acres at Camp Blanding, about 45 km north-east of Gainesville, Florida. Airspace is controlled at Camp Blanding so that lightning initiation from overhead thunderclouds using the rocket-and-wire technique can be routinely performed and the resulting triggered lightning studied, in addition to the study of nearby natural lightning (an average of 5 to 6 natural lightning strikes occur on the site each summer).  In February 1995, The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) donated $1,500,000 (original value) of measurement and other equipment to the Center.  In May 1997, the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville donated and installed a 2500 square foot mobile home (value $40,000) to the Center in order to make available both research and living space for UF and visiting investigators.  Over 40 researchers (excluding UF faculty, students and staff) from 15 countries representing 4 continents have performed experiments at the Center concerned with various aspects of atmospheric electricity, lightning, and lightning protection.  More information on the Center and on the results of various experiments are found in the publications listed in the Publications Section below. The Camp Blanding facility (ICLRT-CB) is presently not operational.

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The Lightning Observatory in Gainesville (ICLRT-LOG), Florida

In March 1996, University of Florida constructed the five-story New Engineering Building (NEB), on the roof of which is the Lightning Observatory, which includes a glass cupola providing over a 180-degree unobstructed view of the horizon.  The ICLRT-LOG has been in continious operation since 2004.  Electric and magnetic field antennas, an x-ray detector, HF and VHF systems,  as well as various high-speed visible-range and infrared video cameras and other optical instruments, have been installed at ICLRT-LOG.  The Observatory is linked to the Camp Blanding facility by a dedicated phone line and is used for studying the various physical processes in natural and triggered lightning.  More information about ICLRT-LOG and on the results of various experiments are found in the publications listed in the Publications Section below.

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The Golf Course Station (ICLRT-GCS) in Starke, Florida

The Golf Course Station (ICLRT-GCS) was set up in 2011 in Starke, Florida,  at a distance of about 3 km from Camp Blanding.  It includes a truck that houses digitizing oscilloscopes and computers,  with the various sensors and associated electronics being located on the ground nearby.  For two-station LOG/GCS measurements,  the trigger signals are sent and received via the Internet.

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Publications (1993-2021)

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Contact Information

Dr. M.A. Uman

Dr. V.A. Rakov

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Florida

University of Florida

311 Larsen Hall

553 Engineering Building #33

PO Box 116200

PO Box 116130

Gainesville, FL 32611-6200

Gainesville, FL 32611-6130

Phone: (352) 392-4038

Phone: (352) 392-4242

Fax: (352) 392-8671

Fax: (352) 392-8381

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