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How ATLANT works


Introducing electrically charged droplets into a naturally occurring cloud will affect the collision probabilities and hence the rate of droplet coalescence to produce raindrops, and depending on the nature of the cloud result in increased rain drop growth. This forms the basis of the ATLANT model.

ATLANT Model
1. Initially, negative ions are generated from a corona discharge wire array 2. The ions become attached to particles in the atmosphere, which later act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN); 3. The ions are conveyed to the higher atmosphere by wind, atmospheric convection and turbulence; 4. The electric charges on these particles are transferred to cloud droplets; and 5. The electrostatic forces on droplet interaction aid the coalescence of the cloud droplets. This results in enhanced raindrop growth rate and ultimately increasing rainfall downwind from the Atlant.

Transporting the ions into the clouds is critical for success.

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