Phillip Bitzer

Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science Department

Biography

I am interested in a wide variety of lightning physics questions. I consider myself primarily an "instrument guy" - someone who develops instrumentation to better understand the underlying nature of how lightning works. There is also a very real societal impact related to lightning research. To that end, I am also involved in investigations how to better explore this important area of lightning research, particularly how lightning and lightning energetics relate to severe weather.

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Classes Taught


Publications

  • P. M. Bitzer, J. C. Burchfield, and H. J. Christian. (2015) Determination of detection efficiency of lightning detection systems using Bayesian analysis. Presented at 2015 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Bitzer, P. M. (2014). The occurrence of continuing current in lightning. Presented at 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.
  • Carlson, B. E., Liang, C., Bitzer, P. M., and Christian, H. J. (2014). Time domain simulations of preliminary breakdown pulses in lightning. J. Geophys. Res., Accepted.
  • Bitzer, P. M. and Christian, H. J. (2014) A comparison of space based optical measurements and ground based VLF measurements Presented at 2014 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Yanoviak, S., Gora, E., Fredley, J., Bitzer, P. M., Muzika, R., Carson, W., and Yanoviak, S. (2014). Direct effects of lightning in temperate forests: a review and preliminary survey in a hemlock-hardwood forest of the northern United States. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, submitted.
  • Goodman, S. J., Bateman, M., Bitzer, P. M., Carcione, B., Calhoun, K. M., Cummins, K., and Rudlosky, S. D. (2014) A total lightning product monitor, Presented at 2014 Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Bitzer, P.M. and Christian, H. J. (2014). Timing uncertainty of the Lightning Imaging Sensor. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32(3):453–460.
  • Matthee, R., Mecikalski, J., Carey, L., and Bitzer, P. M. (2014). Quantitative Differences Between Lightning and Non–Lightning Convective Rainfall Events As Observed with Dual– Polarimetric Radar and MSG Satellite Data Monthly Weather Review, 142(10):3651–3665
  • Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; M. Stewart; J. Burchfield; S. Podgorny; D. Corredor; J. Hall; E. Kuznetsov; V. Franklin (2013). Characterization and applications of VLF/LF source locations from lightning using the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(8):3120–3138
  • Bitzer, P. M., Christian, H. J., Franklin, V., Brunner-Miller, K., Burchfield, J. C., and Walker, T. D. (2013). LIS groups and electric fields and the relationship to neutralized charge, Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting
  • Christian, H. J., Bitzer, P. M., Walker, T. D., and Burchfield, J. C. (2013). Lightning energetics, Presented at 2013 Meeting of the International Union of Radio Science
  • Bitzer, P. M. (2012). GLM Validation with HAMMA. Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting
  • Burchfield, J. C., Bitzer, P. M., and Christian, H. J. (2012). Application of the Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array to the Total Charge Transfer of Lightning, Presented at 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
  • Franklin, V., Bitzer, P. M., and Christian, H. J. (2012). An Investigation of the Detectability of Cloud-to-Ground Strokes by the Lightning Imaging Sensor, Presented at 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
  • Liang, C.; B.E. Carlson; P.M. Bitzer; H.J. Christian; N. G. Lehtinen, U. S. Inan, Study of field change array data with time domain fractal lightning modeling, Proceedings of the 2012 National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, Colorado, US
  • Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Latham, Exploration of lightning initiation using VHF and wideband electric field measurements, In preparation, Journal of Geophysical Research.
  • Carlson, B.E.; C. Liang; P.M. Bitzer; H.J. Christian; N.G. Lehtinen; U.S. Inan (2011), Interpretation of field change array data with time domain fractal lightning modelings, Proceedings of the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.
  • Burchfield, J.; P.M. Bitzer; V. Franklin; H.J. Christian (2011), Performance of the Huntsville, Alabama Marx Meter Array, Proceedings of the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.
  • Bitzer, P. M. (2011), A Tour of Lightning with HAMMA. Geostationary Lightning Mapper Annual Science Meeting.
  • Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Latham (2011), Characterizing Lightning Initiation Regions in Thunderstorms, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Burchfield, J.; P.M. Bitzer, H.J. Christian (2011), Comparison of Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array Results With NLDN and LIS, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Bitzer, P. (2011), New Revelations on Lightning Initiation and Evolution Using a Newly Developed Array of Wideband Electric Field Sensors, PhD thesis, University of Alabama in Huntsville.
  • Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Burchfield (2010), Lightning Location Using Electric Field Change Meters, Proceedings of the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.
  • Burchfield, J.; P.M. Bitzer, V. Franklin; H.J. Christian (2010), An Analysis of the Distance Dependence of Measured Peak Electric Fields from Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Return Strokes, Proceedings of the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.
  • Bitzer, P.M., H.J. Christian; M. Stewart; J. Burchfield (2009), Initial Results From the Huntsville, Alabama Field Change Array, Proceedings of the 2009 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.
  • Bitzer, P.M.; H.J. Christian; J. Latham (2007), Hydrometeor Environments Near Lightning Centroids and the Impact on Initial Breakdown, Proceedings of the 2007 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States.