Tuesday, September 20
Keynote: Volcanic Lightning: The Electrical Charging and Discharging of Volcanic Eruption Plumes
Dr. Sonja Behnke is a lightning scientist and volcanologist in the Space and Remote Sensing group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her PhD in Atmospheric Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM, where she used 3-D lightning mapping sensors to study the distribution of charge in volcanic plumes of Redoubt Volcano (Alaska) and Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland). Since then her research has centered around Sakurajima Volcano in Japan, where she has studied the physical differences among different types of volcanic lightning discharges. As part of her role at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she is leading an engineering team to develop a CubeSat-sized radio frequency sensor to map lightning in 3D from low-Earth orbit with a constellation of CubeSats.