Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 13, 133–146, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-13-133-2022

Special issue: Atmospheric electrical observatories

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 13, 133–146, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-13-133-2022
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08 Aug 2022
Article | 08 Aug 2022

Atmospheric electricity observations at Lerwick Geophysical Observatory

R. Giles Harrison and John C. Riddick

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Lerwick Observatory in Shetland has recently celebrated its centenary. Measurements of atmospheric electricity were made at the site between 1925 and 1984. The instruments and equipment used for this are discussed and the value of the measurements obtained assessed. A major aspect of the atmospheric electricity work was explaining the dramatic changes which followed the nuclear weapons test period. Although less well known, there are strong parallels with the discovery of the ozone hole.