Shear‐induced electrical changes in the base of thin layer‐cloud

  title={Shear‐induced electrical changes in the base of thin layer‐cloud},
  author={R. Giles Harrison and Graeme J. Marlton and Karen Aplin and Keri A. Nicoll},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society},
Charging of upper and lower horizontal boundaries of extensive layer clouds results from current flow in the global electric circuit. Layer-cloud charge accumulation has previously been considered a solely electrostatic phenomenon, but it does not occur in isolation from meteorological processes, which can transport charge. Thin layer clouds provide special circumstances for investigating this dynamical charge transport, as disruption at the cloud-top may reach the cloud base, observable from… Expand
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