The 5-year NSF Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics grant is composed of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Colorado, Penn State University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Their goal is to create a realistic global three-dimensional model of Earth's Electrical System from the surface into the ionosphere, and employ it to better understand how electric fields, electric currents, and magnetic fields are redistributed globally in response to lightning discharges, electrified clouds, and disturbances in interplanetary space and the geospace environment.

Atmospheric Electricity at the Frontiers of Science? by Teri Eastburn

The Carnegie vessel at left sailed the world's oceans from 1909 to 1929 and obtained the first global measurements of atmospheric electricity. With so much discovery about electricity in our past, why then has the topic of atmospheric electricity returned to the frontiers of science? Teri Eastburn, an educator with the project, tells us why.

Education Spotlights

Earth's Global Electric Circuit Teacher's Guide, Source: UCAR

Earth's Global Electric Circuit Teacher's Guide

This teacher's guide introduces Earth’s global electric circuit, and highlights the system's connections and consequences that we know to date throughout the entirety of our atmosphere.

Informal education, Grades 6-12