publication . Other literature type . Article . 2000

The global atmospheric electric circuit, solar activity and climate change

M.J Rycroft; S Israelsson; C Price;
  • Published: 01 Nov 2000
  • Publisher: (:unav)
Abstract
Abstract The study of the global atmospheric electric circuit has advanced dramatically in the past 50 years. Large advances have been made in the areas of lightning and thunderstorm research, as related to the global circuit. We now have satellites looking down on the Earth continuously, supplying information on the temporal and spatial variability of lightning and thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are electric current generators, which drive electric currents up through the conducting atmosphere. They maintain the ionosphere at a potential of ∼+250 kV with respect to the Earth's surface. The global electric circuit is completed by currents ∼2 pA / m 2 flowing throu...
Subjects
free text keywords: Space and Planetary Science, Atmospheric Science, Geophysics, Meteorology, Atmosphere, Physics, Atmospheric sciences, Atmospheric electricity, Thunderstorm, Sprite (lightning), Lightning, Electronic circuit, Global atmospheric electrical circuit, Solar activity and climate
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2000

The global atmospheric electric circuit, solar activity and climate change

M.J Rycroft; S Israelsson; C Price;