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Cosmic influences on the atmosphere

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A new generation of tools for examining the global atmosphere is transforming our understanding of the role of electricity in the Earth's climate. Neil Arnold and Torsten Neubert review this developing field. Abstract

The universe is full of exotic particles and waves. Some, such as neutrinos, pass through our neighbourhood unnoticed; others, such as extreme uv radiation, are absorbed by the upper atmosphere before they are able to do too much damage. For a long time, any systematic attempt to understand how our weather can be affected by extra-terrestrial sources other than solar visible and infrared radiation has been a lively and often controversial diversion from mainstream research. But recent scientific and technological breakthroughs and concern over long-term climate change have brought this subject into the spotlight.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: PPARC Advanced Fellow at the University of Leicester 2: Senior Scientist at the Danish Space Research Institute and is co-ordinator of the CAL project

Publication date: 2002-12-01

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