Der Säntis, MeteoSchweiz. Foto/Photo: TES.

Laser Lightning Rod

As the national weather and climate service, MeteoSchweiz carries out weather and climate measurements at any time on the Swiss territory. The complex topography of the Alps represents a major challenge.

The Säntis also has a station (SwissMetNet). Switzerland’s complex alpine topography presents a particular challenge. A new project on the Säntis is called Laser Lightning Rod. Since the invention of the lightning rod by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) in 1752, science has been busy understanding the natural phenomenon of lightning.

Due to the rapid development in laser technology, a new type of lightning protection is being investigated. The ‘Laser Lightning Rod’ project aims to investigate and develop a new laser lightning protection system.