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The current knowledge on atmospheric electricity is on the verge of a major paradigm shift.

Numerous space missions are planned to map global lightning and its temporal and spatial variability with unprecedented detail and resolution. Airborne autonomous vehicles start to survey  the electrical properties of clouds and charged aerosols of natural and anthropogenic origin with the aim to maintain high standards of air quality and to protect sensitive infrastructures based on cutting edge technology. 

The wealth of the accrued novel knowledge from space missions and autonomous vehicles will lead to major technological advancements in the now- and forecasting of lightning storms, severe weather as a major natural hazard, and climate change. The innvoation is enabled by the development of novel tools for lightning protection of infrastructures and living beings, in particular in the rural areas of developing countries.


The CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity aims to assist seizing the opportunities arising from the planned space missions and autonomous vehicles and it encourages the integration of existing technologies for the benefit of society in close collaboration with leading space science institutes and lightning research facilities around the world. 

"The CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity aims to enhance the visibility of atmospheric electric services and technologies by enabling access to expert advise and corresponding contact information."

CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity  - The Management

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