Venezuela: 2015 Expedition Catatumbo Lightning, scientific success

1-Expedición-Catatumbo2015Recently the Scientific Modeling Center of the University of Zulia (CMC-spanish-) made the expedition “2015 Catatumbo Lightning ” to study closer the first electricity generator stormy phenomenon of the Planet.

The CMC is developing a monitoring system for the basin of Lake Maracaibo to help to forecast future weather conditions, which means taking the first step to obtaining accurate data and use them to predict droughts and other natural events affecting the population.

This study seeks to learn more about the phenomenon, with the values and meteorological variables, understanding the dynamics of the Lake and help to evaluate atmospheric aspects, temperature, humidity and pressure. According to experts of the CMC, “it is important to note that there is deficiency of meteorological data in Venezuela, which is intended to counteract this kind of expeditions”.

The Integrated Surveillance System oftheLake Basin (SIVIGILA-spanish-), will do estimates of electric shocks, with the contribution of the CMC, to detect drought, waterspouts, among other phenomena, which would benefit the agricultural and oil production in the area, plus to save human lives, “said Angel Muñoz, leader of the expedition 2015 Catatumbo Lightning.

2-Expedición-Catatumbo-2015-In the Congo Mirador, stunning home of the Lightning Catatumbo, were launched balloons tied to ground, also known as captive balloons. The objective of this project was to obtain meteorological measurements and to meet many scenarios that could arise in the Zulia region; while initiating a process leading to design in a closer future automatic stations, sensors and even more elaborate stations supported by public and private institutions to define future weather conditions.

The aim of the expedition, led by the CMC and sponsored by the Bolivarian Government of Zulia state, which was also attended by Bolivarian Military AviationWeatherService, the Virtual Centre of Meteorology and the International Research Institute for Climate and Partnership, was to gather measures to help refine the models that have the CMC and those who are working in the Integrated Surveillance System oftheLake Basin (SIVIGILA).

3-Expedición-Catatumbo-2015-521“These data will serve to contrast with other models, what we want to achieve is the continuity, it wont be useful to go one day and not come back, it must be continuous, said Alfredo Núñez, CMC Engineer.

“The sensors, known as icaros, are designed by the CMC. For three years now and right here in Venezuela, with international standards, certified by the World Meteorological Organization, ie, are devices with very high precision and quality. “We are very proud to say that this is homemade, made by the Centre for Scientific Modeling” said Angel Muñoz.

Hernán Parra, photographer of the online newspaper -Lake Courier-, specially sent by the government of Zulia, participated in this expedition during four days and captured images to our readers to enjoy.

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12-Expedición-Catatumbo-2015Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24

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