NETWORK COVERAGE
AEMET

Spain
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ALDIS

Austria
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BLDN

Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Slovakia
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BLIDS

Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland
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CELDN

Czech republik, Poland, Hungary
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CESI-SIRF

Italy
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SCALAR

Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro
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IPMA

Portugal
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METEORAGE

France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland
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NORDLIS

Norway, Sweden, Finland
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LHMS

Lithuania
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IMGW-PIB

Poland
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RMIB

Belgium
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AEMETALDISBLDNBLIDSCELDNCESI-SIRFSCALAR
IPMAMETEORAGENORDLISLHMSIMGW-PIBRMIB

CELDN network

Network coverage:
   Czech republic
   Poland
   Hungary
INTERNET: www.blids.de

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Lightning location systems are installed in all western countries of the old continent. Two years ago, the eastern part of Europe had no access to highly accurate lightning data. Universities and weather services started to ask for data from their neighboring countries with operational lightning location systems (LLS).

Due to the fact that the LLS network capabilities decrease in their ability to register lightning strokes outside the geographical region of the network, Vaisala and Siemens made the investment and installed additional sensors in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary in order to increase the performance in those countries. By directly integrating the new sensors with existing LLS sensors located in Austria (ALDIS) and Germany (BLIDS), a good performing system is now providing accurate lightning data for the entire region. With the central processing unit located in Karlsruhe and about 20 sensors detecting lightning throughout the region, the CELDN (Central European Lightning Detection Network) was born.

The long experience of running lightning location systems in Austria and Germany, Vaisala's flexible lightning detection equipment, and the possibility to use the infrastructure of Siemens made it possible to realize such a project in only a few weeks time once the decision was made to proceed with establishing the CELDN. State-of-the-art technology in the remote LLS sensors and central processor contribute to the high detection efficiency and location accuracy performance of the whole system. However, it was only the fast change in the communication market and the availability of Internet technology that allowed connecting the sensors in the different countries so quickly without loosing any performance. The costs for this type of communications three (3) years ago did not allow the exchange of data in such an efficient and economical way.

As part of the EUCLID cooperation, CELDN contributes to the European data as an important partner to the rest of Europe.
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