Glossary on atmospheric electricity and its effects on biology

Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe*, Konstantinos Kourtidis, Christos Haldoupis, Snezana Savoska, James Matthews, Lluis M. Mir, Pavlos Kassomenos, Michal Cifra, Susana Barbosa, Xuemeng Chen, Snezana Dragovic, Christos Consoulas, Ellard R. Hunting, Daniel Robert, Oscar A. van der Velde, Francesca Apollonio, Anna Odzimek, Ashot Chilingarian, Dominic Royé, Hripsime MkrtchyanColin Price, József Bór, Christina Oikonomou, Marius Victor Birsan, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Milan Djordjevic, Ciro Salcines, Amparo López-Jiménez, Reik V. Donner, Marko Vana, Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen, Michel Vorenhout, Michael Rycroft

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    There is an increasing interest to study the interactions between atmospheric electrical parameters and living organisms at multiple scales. So far, relatively few studies have been published that focus on possible biological effects of atmospheric electric and magnetic fields. To foster future work in this area of multidisciplinary research, here we present a glossary of relevant terms. Its main purpose is to facilitate the process of learning and communication among the different scientific disciplines working on this topic. While some definitions come from existing sources, other concepts have been re-defined to better reflect the existing and emerging scientific needs of this multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary area of research.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
    Pages (from-to)5–29
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Atmospheric electric field
    • Atmospheric electricity phenomena
    • Biological effects
    • Biometeorological profile
    • Glossary


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