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Volume 14, issue 4 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 773-777, 2014
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Brief communication 10 Apr 2014

Brief communication | 10 Apr 2014

Brief Communication: Earthquake–cloud coupling through the global atmospheric electric circuit

R. G. Harrison1, K. L. Aplin2, and M. J. Rycroft3 R. G. Harrison et al.
  • 1Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6BB, UK
  • 2Clarendon Laboratory, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK
  • 3CAESAR Consultancy, 35 Millington Road, Cambridge, CB3 9HW, UK, and Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

Abstract. We illustrate how coupling could occur between surface air and clouds via the global electric circuit – through Atmospheric Lithosphere–Ionosphere Charge Exchange (ALICE) processes – in an attempt to develop a physical understanding of the possible relationships between earthquakes and clouds.

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