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Science and Innovation with thunderstorms

Objective

Lightning is an extremely energetic electric discharge process in our atmosphere. It significantly affects the concentration of greenhouse gases and it threatens electrical and electronic devices, in particular, when placed on elevated structures like wind turbines or aircraft, and when these structures are built with modern composite materials with inherently low electric conductivity. In addition, even our fundamental understanding of atmospheric electricity is far from complete. New discharge processes in the atmosphere above thunderstorms have been discovered, the so-called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) in the stratosphere and mesosphere, and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) that emit particle beams of antimatter. These phenomena demand thorough investigations, in geophysics and in the related fields of plasma and high-voltage technology where similar discharges appear.
These challenges are approached within the SAINT project with a multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial training platform for 15 ESRs. The platform brings together satellite and ground observations with modelling and lab experiments. It couples scientific studies to applications relevant to industries developing satellite data products, plasma discharge technologies, lightning detection systems and lightning protection devices.
With SAINT, we take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity presented by three simultaneous space missions with dedicated instruments to study lightning discharges, TLEs and TGFs, to integrate the unique space data with dedicated novel ground observations, model developments and lab experiments. SAINT will train the next generation of young, innovative scientists to shape the future of research and technology in Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 870 245,64

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 286 275,24
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Harbour Road Unit 8 Trading Estate
BS20 7BL Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DENA DESARROLLOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Duero 5
08223 Terrassa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (9)

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
United States
Address
Nasa Headquarters, E St. Sw 300
20546 Washington
Activity type
Research Organisations
GLOBAL LIGHTNING PROTECTION SERVICES AS
Denmark
Address
Hi Park 445 Hammerum
7400 Herning
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
nowcast GmbH
Germany
Address
Sauerbruchstr. 48
81377 Munich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Plasma Matters B.V.
Netherlands
Address
De Zaale, Flux 3.083
5600 MB Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS
France
Address
2 Rond Point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Météorage - Lightning Information and Solutions
France
Address

Pau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES SERVICES SAS
France
Address
Rue Grange Dame Rose 20-22
78140 Velizy Villacoublay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
The University of Alabama
United States
Address
801 University Boulevard Box 870104
35487-0104 Tuscaloosa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments