BackForwardInstrument:  LMI 

Instrument details
Acronym LMI
Full name Lightning Mapping Imager
Purpose Proxy for convective precipitation, proxy for NOx generation, study of Earth electric field
Short description CCD camera operating at 777.4 nm (O2) to count flashes and measure their intensity
Background New development
Scanning Technique Electronic, 3-axis stabilised satellite, single detector matrix
Resolution 7.8 km at s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle Full disk continuously observed (time resolution ~ 2 ms)
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency CMA
Instrument Maturity Demonstrated by simulations
Utilization Period: 2017-03-01 to ≥2023
Last update: 2021-06-02
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Lightning imager
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 1
  • Lightning mapper [in GEO]
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Total lightning density
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Total lightning density1 - primaryNo specific limitation.NIR channel. Continuous monitoring