University of Reading research is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the atmosphere.

At the University of Reading, we pioneer the science behind the weather. We show how humans are altering the climate. And our discoveries might one day help people to change the weather too. Professor Giles Harrison, from the Department of Meteorology, is researching how electric charge influences the growth of tiny water droplets in clouds, which creates rain.

The research uses supercomputers to simulate the trillions of processes that happen inside a cloud. Unmanned aircraft systems and weather balloons are also being developed to release charge into sensitive regions of clouds and measure the effects.

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This research brings blue-sky thinking to clouds and rain, exploring new possibilities for weather modification.

Professor Giles Harrison, Department of Meteorology
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