Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2933–2950, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-2933-2014
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2933–2950, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-14-2933-2014

Research article 07 Nov 2014

Research article | 07 Nov 2014

Simulating lightning into the RAMS model: implementation and preliminary results

S. Federico et al.

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This paper shows the implementation of a simple model for simulating lightning into the RAMS model. The methodology is applied to six case studies that occurred in central Italy and the results are verified against LINET observations. Advantages and weaknesses of the methodology are discussed.
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