Geostationary Lightning Mapper Quick Look Software

uah c 17020

Docket: UAH-C-17020


Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) is an instrument on NOAA’s geostationary weather satellite, GOES-16. Currently the GLM provides data files every 20 seconds. These data files are very large and complex, which makes it difficult to easily access the data flow and interpret simple aspects of the data.

Researchers at UAH have developed a new software that allows the data to be more easily accessed. This software is known as Quick Look software. This software makes it much easier for the user to access a geolocated display, which shows the basic information of the lightning map, and gives the user the ability to assess the quality and dataflow from the instrument.

This technology developed at UAH makes quick analysis of the data generated by the instrument possible, and also has potential future uses. It is intended to incorporate this software into the future release of the Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP), an open source software. This CSPP software allows users from all over to access information and perform research using the information. The incorporation of the Quick Look software into this CSPP software provides an even larger basis for the Quick Look software to reach additional users.


  • Satellite data

  • Lightning mapping

  • Data observation


  • Allows easy access to basic data

  • Future incorporation into other software


  • State of Development: Proof of concept
  • Licensing Status: Available for licensing
  • Patent Status: Proprietary