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IoP OPEN LECTURE SERIES

The Physics of Thunderstorms

Prof Paul Hardaker
This event took place on 12th February 2019 at 7:30pm (19:30 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Thunderstorms are ever-present across the globe and for centuries have had a strong cultural influence.  Our knowledge about thunderstorms has been largely driven though by our need to protect ourselves from their impact on local communities and infrastructure. This talk will explore what we know about the physics of thunderstorms and how this has helped us to understand how and where they occur, both on the earth and on other planets, the important role they play in balancing the earth’s energy budget, how to mitigate the weather hazards they create and how we can use this knowledge to make predictions and give warning.

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