The participation of such diverse scientific and technical disciplines as meteorology, astronomy, atmospheric electricity, ionospheric and magnetospheric physics, electromagnetic wave propagation, and radio techniques in the research of atmospherics means that results are published in scientific papers widely spread throughout the literature. This Handbook collects the latest knowledge on atmospherics and presents it in two volumes. Each chapter is written by an expert in his or her field. Topics include the physics of thunderclouds, thunder, global atmospheric electric currents, biological aspects of sferics, and various space techniques for detecting lightning within our own atmosphere as well as in the atmospheres of other planets. Up-to-date applications and methodology are detailed. Volumes I and II offer a comprehensive discussion that together will serve as an important resource for practitioners, professionals, and students alike.

chapter 1|25 pages

Ion Chemistry and Composition of the Atmosphere

ByA.A. Viggiano, Frank Arnold

chapter 2|34 pages

Meteorological Aspects of Thunderstorms

ByEarle R. Williams

chapter 3|32 pages

Thunderstorm Electrification

ByC.P.R. Saunders

chapter 4|44 pages

Lightning Currents

ByToshio Ogawa

chapter 5|13 pages

Lightning Detection from Ground and Space

ByRichard E. Orville

chapter 6|16 pages

Artificially Triggered Lightning

ByKenji Horii, Minoru Nakano

chapter 7|21 pages

Ball Lightning

ByHiroshi Kikuchi

chapter 8|14 pages

Lightning and Atmospheric Chemistry: The Rate of Atmospheric NO Production

ByM.G. Lawrence, W.L. Chameides, P.S. Kasibhatla, H. Levy, W. Moxim

chapter 9|31 pages

Lightning within Planetary Atmospheres

ByK. Rinnert

chapter 10|32 pages

Quasistatic Electromagnetic Phenomena in the Atmosphere and Ionosphere

ByRobert H. Holzworth

chapter 11|29 pages

Schumann Resonances

ByDavis D. Sentman

chapter 12|14 pages

Low-Frequency Radio Noise

ByAntony C. Fraser-Smith

chapter 13|48 pages

Radio Noise Above 300 kHz Due to Natural Causes

ByDavid E. Proctor