The electrical environment of the Earth’s atmosphere: A review

Authors: Singh, D.1; Singh, R.2; Kamra, A.3

Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 113, Numbers 3-4, January 2005 , pp. 375-408(34)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

The study of the electrical environment of the Earth’s atmosphere has rapidly advanced during the past century. Great strides have been made towards the understanding of lightning and thunderstorms and in relating them to the global electric circuit. The electromagnetic fields and currents connect different parts of the Earth’s environment, and any type of perturbation in one region affects another region. Starting from the traditional views in which the electrodynamics of one region has been studied in isolation from the neighboring regions, the modern theory of the global electrical circuit has been discussed briefly. Interconnection and electrodynamic coupling of various regions of the Earth’s environment can be easily studied by using the global electric circuit model. Deficiencies in the model and the possibility of improvement in it have been suggested. Application of the global electric circuit model to the understanding of the Earth’s changes of climate has been indicated.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11214-005-0853-x

Affiliations: 1: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 411 008, Pune, India, Email: dksingh@tropmet.res.in, anshidevendra@rediffmail.com 2: Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, 211 005, Varanasi, India, 3: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 411 008, Pune, India,

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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