28 June 2021 to 2 July 2021
Europe/Vienna timezone

ThunderSeis: Seismic analysis of thunder signals recorded at the Gaisberg mountain, Austria

30 Jun 2021, 09:00


e-Poster T2.3 - Seismoacoustic Sources in Theory and Practice T2.3 e-poster session


Mr Artemii Novoselov (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)


Lightning strokes create powerful wavefields of seismoacoustic nature, which we refer to as thunder. Unfortunately, even though bolts of lightning received much attention in such fields as physics of plasma and meteorology, less research was conducted to investigate the thunder itself.

A radio tower on the top of the Gaisberg mountain in Salzburg is permanently instrumented with electrical sensors able to record the current of lightning strokes hitting the tower’s top. In October 2020, observations of 5 thunder signals have been made using several one-component seismic sensors. At the same time, this tower is instrumented with a meteorological station, which allows us to model precisely the propagation of seismo-acoustic thunder signals from the above-mentioned lightnings.

These observations and modeling give insight into how thunder is created during the lightning stroke, which is an important milestone for seismo-acoustic observations of atmospheric events.

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We measure the seismic signal as well as electrical parameters produced by the lightning. We were able to model precisely such thunder signals for each lightning event and therefore were able to gain some insights into the mechanism of thunder.

Primary authors

Mr Artemii Novoselov (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria) Mr Florian Fuchs (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria) Mr Manfred Dorninger (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria) Mr Gotz Bokelmann (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)

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