The ESRs and their projects

Overview of ESR Research projects

ESR Project description
Matthias Heumesser (ESR 1)
Krystallia Dimitriadou (ESR 2)

Currently, she is working on an exceptional thunderstorm that was captured by ASIM over Darwin, Australia. She is working on the interpretation of ASIM optical observations and comparisons with ground based lightning systems.
She is also coupling my analysis with geostationary satellite data, atmospheric soundings and studying the thundercloud evolution with radar data (in collaboration with Australian Bureau of Meteorology). Besides her research activities within SAINT, this semester she is attending two PhD courses at DTU: 1) ‘’Journal Club in Geophysics, Astrophysics and Space Physics’’ which is focused on learning methods for exploitation and communication of research and 2)  ’’Mie scattering and image processing methods for remote sensing analysis of lightning interactions in clouds’’ which will contribute in strengthening her knowledge in both light scattering physics and image processing , in order to help her improving the processing and analysis of data from narrow band cameras for remote sensing of clouds and lightning. She is happy that she is pursuing a research career at DTU Space because she works with experienced scientists within the field and grow as researcher in a healthy working environment. She has significant support of her supervisors regarding scientific stuff and feels very comfortable and productive when working with them.Life in Denmark, met all of her expectations in both professional and personal matters. She fitted from the early days because she believes that although she is a Greek, she has many things from the Danish mentality in her life. Denmark in general and the Technical University of Denmark offers a work-life balance and opportunities to learn and gain experience, which are fundamental for her. SAINT gave her the opportunity to be part of a research project that upgrades my knowledge and skills, train her to become a researcher within the scientific community and pursue a life and a career in a country that fits with her characteristics.

Carolina Maiorana (ESR 3)
Simon Ghilain (ESR 4)
Zaida Gomez (ESR 5)
Zaida Gomez Kuri, M.Sc. is a data scientist, aerospace engineer and currently pursuing a PhD in the Analysis of Thunderstorm Related Electrical Discharges from Ground and Space Observations at the University of Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier. As ESR 5 of the SAINT project, she is working with data from three different lightning detection systems (LDS) that work in the low, very-low and extremely-low frequencies on order to get an improved accuracy of the relation between lightning activity and Transient Luminous Events (TLEs). She analyzes the detection efficiency of these LDS by validating their data with empirical observations from a camera network located across southern France (Pic du Midi, Lannemezan, Rustrel, Clermont and La Reunion). Furthermore she utilizes satellite data to characterize the meteorological conditions, including cloud properties, prior to and during TLE producing thunderstorms. This data involves satellite radiances, GPS-Radio world-wide networks, and measurements from the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) onboard Meteosat Second Generation (MSG). Soon she will be able to use her current algorithms to correlate lightning activity measurements and ground observations with ASIM data during a secondment at Denmark Technical University. She will also work at Thales to validate the lightning detection algorithms for the Lightning Imager (LI) aboard Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).
Adam Peverell (ESR 6)
Currently working on implementing very small arrays for ELF/VLF remote radio sensing. The main focus is on sensing emissions from lightning and Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) in conjunction with the Atmospheric Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) mission. Array sensor hardware and software has been developed and tested in the laboratory, and in field conditions in Exmoor in South-West England. Single station deployment of the new hardware was undertaken in central Colombia, and preliminary deployment of the full array was conducted during the SAINT ground observation campaign during summer 2019 near Rustrel in southern France. Full array deployment preparation is underway for October 2019 in northern Colombia. 
Michele Urbani (ESR 7)
Ny Kieu (ESR 8)
Hani Louie Francisco (ESR 9)
Andy Martinez (ESR 10)
Mojtaba Niknezhad (ESR 11)
Miguel Gomes (ESR 12)
Andrea Pizzuti (ESR 13)

Currently pursuing a PHD at the University of Bath, in partnership with the UK manufacturer of meterological sensors Biral Ltd. The main objective of this research is to improve the performances of a recently developed single-site lightning location system, including hardware upgrades, and investigate the potential for research applications. The project uses data collected from multiple Biral thunderstorm detector sensors deployed in UK and southern France, concurrently with broadband EM measurements and optical observations of transient luminous events (TLE) with low-light CCD cameras. Satellite and radar reflectivity data are also utilised to further characterize the storm conditions leading to superbolt lightning, distributed in northern Europe especially in the winter season, which are related to distinctive large amplitude signatures detectable on the sensor up to several hundred kilometres away from the source.

Marcelo Sousa Arcanjo (ESR 14) The main goal of his project is to develop a novel lightning rod that integrates protection with information regarding lightning impacts. The methodology is to detect and characterize minimum corona emissions, lightning leaders and lightning strikes from conductive rods. This can be achieved in lab by using high voltage power supplies, and in field during thunderstorm conditions.

Being part of the Saint network is a great experience. Lightning was already the topic of his bachelor’s and master’s thesis, but still there is a lot to learn, and the network has been providing him knowledge on different areas of lightning research, such as physics, modelling, observations and engineering.

He has been enjoying the life in Spain. He fell in love with Spanish food, made quite some new friends and started to learn Spanish. The experience of doing the PhD in a partnership with a company is also very interesting. He is taking great advantage of this opportunity that contributes to his personal and professional development.
Shahriar Mirpur (ESR 15)
17 JANUARY 2020