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

Buy & download fulltext article:


Price: $47.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


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


Affiliations: 1: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 411 008, Pune, India, Email:, 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

Related content


Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content

Text size:

A | A | A | A
Share this item with others: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. print icon Print this page