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Atmospheric Electricity, Thunderstorms, Lightning and their effects
Convener: Yoav Yair  | Co-Conveners: Serge Soula , R.Giles Harrison , Hans D. Betz , Yukihiro Takahashi , Colin Price 
 / Fri, 02 May, 13:30–17:00
 / Attendance Fri, 02 May, 17:30–19:00

Lightning is the energetic manifestation of electrical breakdown, occurring after charge separation processes operating on micro and macro-scales, leading to strong electric fields within thunderstorms. Lightning is associated with severe weather, torrential rains and flash floods. It has significant effects on various atmospheric layers and drives the fair-weather electric field.
This session seeks contributions from research in atmospheric electricity on:

Cloud microphysics, charge separation and lightning discharge physics
Atmospheric electricity in fair weather and the global electrical circuit
Atmospheric chemical effects of lightning and the contribution of LtNOx
Middle atmospheric Transient Luminous Events
Global lightning patterns in an era of climate change
Thunderstorms in hurricanes and typhoons
Urban effects on lightning distributions
Modeling of thunderstorms, lightning
Now-casting and forecasting of thunderstorms, flash floods and severe weather
Lightning detection networks and sensors from ground and space