Prof. Yoav Yair

School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp. ICL Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

Dean

Areas of expertise

  • Prof. Yoav Yair is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). His main research fields include atmospheric electricity, lightning (on Earth and other planets), space weather, solar-terrestrial relations and transient luminous events (sprites).
    He conducted space-based experiments from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station and was project manager for the Israeli astronaut mission in 2003 (the MEIDEX). He is the author of several text books in the atmospheric sciences and authored (and co-) over 95 refereed papers.
    Prof. Yair is also an expert on ICT and Learning Technologies, and served as head of the Center for Technology in Distance Education at the Open University of Israel (2004-2009), and Dean of Development and Learning Technologies there (2009-2012), where he supervised the testing, dissemination and research of various new technologies in higher education, with focus on video, digital books and mobile reading devices. Between 2012-2014 he headed the Israeli national Inter-University Center for Learning Technologies.
    Prof. Yair is an experienced speaker, session chair and organizer of numerous professional meetings (EGU, AGU). He gives public lectures and popular radio talks on various topics in educational technology, astronomy teaching, atmospheric science and space physics.

  • Open University Books 1.          Yair, Y. and B. Ziv, 1994: An introduction to Meteorology. The Open University, Tel- Aviv, Israel, 411 pp. (in Hebrew). 2.          Yair Y., 1999: "The Universe" a study guide to the course “Introduction to astronomy”, The Open University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 180pp. (in Hebrew). 3.          Yair Y. and I. Dothan, 2003: "Topics in atmospheric chemistry", Study guide, the Open University of Israel (in Hebrew). 4.          Ziv, B. and Y. Yair, 2006: Laboratory in Meteorology. The Open University, Tel- Aviv, Israel, 100 pp. (in Hebrew). 5.          Yair Y., and O. Kovo, 2011: "The Universe" a study guide to the course “Introduction to astronomy” (Revised), The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, 190pp. (in Hebrew). 6.          Yair, Y. and B. Ziv, 2012: An introduction to Meteorology, Units 1-4 (Updated and revised). The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, 316 pp. (in Hebrew). 7.          Yair, Y. and B. Ziv, 2014: An introduction to Meteorology, Units 5-7 (Updated and revised). The Open University, Ra'anana, Israel, 264 pp. (in Hebrew).   Educational Books (K-12) 1.       Harel, Y., Y. Yair and S. Meiri, 1997: In View of the Sky. A textbook in astronomy for 7-9 grade students. Ramot University Press, Israel (in Hebrew). 2.       Yair, Y., R. Mintz and S. Litvak, 1997: “Touch the Sky, Touch the Universe”, K-12 Educational CD-ROM on astronomy and space science. Published by the Center for Educational Technology. 3.       Yair, Y., R. Klein, R. Mintz, 1998: “Sea-Wind”, K-12 Educational CD-ROM on atmospheric sciences. Published by the Center for Educational Technology. 4.       Schur, Y., R. Brandt and Y. Yair, 2002: "A thinking journey to Mars", Astronomy text-book for the MUTAV program, Center for Educational Technology, 150 pp (in Hebrew). 5.       Yair, Y., Segev, M. and B. Savir, 2006: Journey through the Atmosphere: selected topics in weather and climate. A textbook in geography for 7-9 grade students. Center for Educational Technology, Israel, 108 pp (in Hebrew).   Chapters in Books 1.       Williams, E. R. and Y. Yair, 2006: The microphysical and electrical properties of sprite producing thunderclouds. In: "Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges", M. Fullekrug et al. (eds.), 57-83, Springer (Printed in the Netherlands). 2.       Yair, Y., 2010: eLearning in Israel: A case study of technology in distance education: the Open University of Israel. In: Cases on challenges facing E-learning and national development: Institutional Studies and Practices, U. Demirai, Editor, Anadolu University, Turkey, Vol. I, chap. 13, 293-317. 3.       Meishar-Tal, H., Y. Yair and E. Tal-Elhasid, 2010: Institutional Implementation of Wikis in higher education: the case of the Open University of Israel (OUI), p. 215-230, in: Veletsianos, G., editor: Emerging Technologies in Distance Education, Athabasca University Press, Canada, ISBN 978-1-897425-76- 4.       Yaniv, R., A.D. Devir, Y. Yair, C. Price, B. Ziv and N. Reicher, 2009:  Calibration of CCD cameras for sprites and elves measurements, Amer. Inst. of Phys. Conf. Proc., vol. 1118, p. 92-98. 5.       Fischer, G., D. A. Gurnett and Y. Yair, 2011: Extraterrestrial lightning and its past and future research. p. 19-38, In: Lightning: formation, properties and types, edited by M. D. Wood, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN 978-1-61122-198-5. 6.       Yair Y., 2015: Thunderstorms, lightning and cosmic rays. In: Earth's climate response to a changing sun. Coordinators: J. Lilensten, T. Dudok de Wit and K. Matthes. P. 293-296. DOI: 10.1051/978-2-7958-1733-7.c136. Published by EDP sciences, France, 345 pp. 7.       Yair, Y., 2017: The Meditteranean basin in an era of climate change. In: Congreso Internacional Laudato Si de Ecología Integral y Medio Ambiente;  Murcia 2017; ISBN 978-84-16045-77-8; pages 920-932 (In print) 8.       Yair, Y.,  2018: E-Learning in Israel. In: Weber A. S, and S. Hamlaoui, Eds., E-learning in the middle east and north Africa (MENA) region. Springer, 505 pp, Ch. 7, 139-161. 9.       Yair, Y., 2019: 2001: A Space Odyssey – Introduction. In: 2001: A Space Odyssey, papers for celebrating 50 years for the film and moon landing. Edited by Y. Ataria and G. Markovich. Pardes Publishing House, ISBN: 978-1-61838-450-8; pages 21-36. (in Hebrew). 10.    Yair, Y., 2019: We are not alone: contemplating a future encounter with an alien civilization. In: 2001: A Space Odyssey, papers for celebrating 50 years for the film and moon landing. Edited by Y. Ataria and G. Markovich. Pardes Publishing House, ISBN: 978-1-61838-450-8; pages 199-214. (in Hebrew).   Editor, Books   F. Leblanc, K.L. Aplin, Y. Yair, R.G. Harrison, J.P. Lebreton and M. Blanc (Eds.) Planetary Atmospheric Electricity,  Space Sciences Series of ISSI vol.30, 2008, 532pp. T. D. de Wit, I. Ermolli, M. Haberreiter, H. Kambezidis, M.M. Lam, J. Lilensten, K. Matthes, I. Mirinova, H. Schmidt, A. Seppälä, E. Tanskanen, K. Tourpali and Y. Yair (Eds.), Earth's climate response to a changing sun. Published by EDP sciences, France, 2015, 345 pp.     Articles in Refereed Journals (* is corresponding author) 1.       Yair Y. and Z. Levin, 1989: Charging of polydispersed aerosol particles by attachment of atmospheric ions. Jour. Geophys. Res., 94, D11, 13,085-13,091. (3.6, 19) 2.       Yair, Y., Z. Levin, and S. Tzivion 1992: Water-cumulus in Jupiter’s atmosphere: Numerical experiments with and axisymmetric cloud model. Icarus 98, 72–81. (3.2, 18) 3.       Yair, Y. and Z. Levin, 1994: Intra-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning discharges in Israeli thunderstorms. Bull. Israeli. Met. Soc., 3, 1,20-28 (in Hebrew). (2.9) 4.      Yair, Y., Levin, Z. and S. Tzivion, 1995: Lightning generation in a Jovian thundercloud: results from an axisymmetric numerical cloud model, Icarus, 114, 278-299. 5.       Yair, Y., Levin, Z. and S. Tzivion, 1995: Microphysical processes and dynamics of a Jovian thundercloud. Icarus, 115, 421-434. 6.       Levin, Z., Y. Yair and B. Ziv, 1996: Positive cloud-to-ground flashes and wind shear in Tel-Aviv thunderstorms. Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 17, 2231-2234.   7.       Yair, Y., Levin, Z. and S. Tzivion, 1998: Model interpretation of Jovian lightning activity and Galileo’s probe results. J. Geophys. Res., 103, D12, 14,157-14,166. 8.       Yair, Y., Levin Z. and O. Altarazt, 1998: Lightning phenomenology in the Tel-Aviv area from 1989 to 1996. J. Geophys. Res., 103, D8, 9015-9025. 9.       Altaratz, O., Levin Z. and Y. Yair, 1998: Positive ground flashes in Israel thunderstorms. Bull. Isr. Met. Soc, Vol. 5, 1, 27-36. 10.    Mintz, R., S. Litvak and Yair, Y.*, 2001: 3D-Virtual Reality in Science Education: Implication for Astronomy Teaching. Jour. Comp. Math. Sci. Educ., 20 (3), 293-305. 11.    Altaratz, O., Levin Z. and Y. Yair, 2001: Winter thunderstorms in Israel – a study with lightning location systems and weather radar. Month. Weath. Rev, 129, 5, 1259-1266. 12.    Fullekrug, M., C. Price, Y. Yair and E. Williams, 2002: Intense oceanic lightning. Annal. Geo., 20, 133-137. 13.    Yair, Y., Schur, Y. and R. Mintz, 2003: A “Thinking Journey” to the Planets using Scientific Visualization Technologies. Jour. Science Ed. Tech., 12 (1), 43-49. 14.    Yair, Y., C. Price, Z. Levin, J. Joseph, P. Israelevitch, A. Devir, M. Moalem, B. Ziv and M. Asfur. 2003: Sprite observations from the space shuttle during the Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX). J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 65, 635-642. 15.   Hsu, R. R., H.T. Su, A.B. Chen, L.C. Lee, M. Asfur, C. Price and Y. Yair, 2003: Transient luminous events in the vicinity of Taiwan. J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 65, 561-566. 16.    Altaratz, O., Levin Z., Y. Yair and B. Ziv, 2003: Lightning Activity over Land and Sea on the Eastern Coast of the Mediterranean. Month. Weath. Rev., 131, 2060-2070. 17.    Yair Y. and Y. Yair, 2004: “Everything Comes to an End”: an Intuitive Rule in Physics and Mathematics. Science Education, 594-609, doi10.1002/sce10142. 18.    Ziv, B., Y. Yair, K. Pressman and M. Fullekrug, 2004: Verification of the Aviation Center global forecasts of Mesoscale Convective Systems. Jour. App. Meteor. Clim., 43, 720-726. 19.    Israelevich, P., Yair, Y., Devir, A. D., Joseph, J. H., Levin, Z., Mayo, I., Moalem, M., Price, C. and A. Sternlieb, 2004: Transient airglow enhancement observed from the space shuttle Columbia during the MEIDEX sprite campaign. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L066124, doi:10.1029/2003GL019110. 20.    Yair, Y., P. Israelevich, A. Devir, M. Moalem, C. Price, J. Joseph, Z. Levin, B. Ziv and A. Teller, 2004: New sprites observations from the space shuttle. J. Geophys. Res.Vol. 109, No. D15, D15201/10.1029/2003JD004497. 21.    Price, C., E. Greenberg, Y. Yair, G. Satori, J. Bor, H. Fukunishi, M. Sato, P. L. Israelevich, M. Moalem, A. Devir, Z. Levin, J. H. Joseph, I. Mayo, B. Ziv and A. Sternlieb, 2004: Ground-based detection of TLE-producing intense lightning during the MEIDEX mission on board the space shuttle Columbia. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L20107, doi:10.1029/2004GL020711. 22.    Yair, Y., C. Price, B. Ziv, P. L. Israelevich, D. D. Sentamn, F.T. Sao-Sabbas, A. Devir, M. Sato, C. Rodger, M. Moalem, E. Greenberg and O. Yaron, 2005: Space Shuttle observation of an unusual transient atmospheric emission. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L02081, doi:10.1029/2004GL021551. 23.    Gazit, H., Y. Yair and D. Chen, 2006: Emerging Conceptual Understanding of Complex Astronomical Phenomena by Using a Virtual Solar System. Jour. Science Ed. Tech. 14, 5/6, 459-470, doi:10.1007/s10956-006-0221-3. 24.    Yair, Y., 2006: Observations of Transient Luminous Events from Earth Orbit. IEEJ Transaction, Special Issue on Physics of Lightning and Related Phenomena, Vol. 126, 4, 244-249. 25.    Yair, Y., R. Aviv, G. Ravid, R. Yaniv, B. Ziv and C. Price, 2006: Evidence for synchronicity of lightning activity in networks of spatially remote thunderstorms. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 68, 1401-1415. 26.    Yang, H., Pasko, V. and Y. Yair, 2006: Three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain modeling of the Schumann resonance parameters on Titan, Venus and Mars. Radio Sci., 41, RS2S03, doi:10.1029/2005RS003431. 27.    Gazit, H., Y.Yair and D. Chen, 2006: The gain and pain in taking the pilot seat: Learning dynamics in virtual reality environments. Virtual Reality, 10, 3-4, 10.1007/s10055-006-0053-3. 28.    Price, C., Y. Yair and M. Asfur, 2007: East African Lightning as a precursor of Atlantic hurricane activity. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L09805, doi:10.1029/2006GL028884. 29.    Ganot, M., Y. Yair*, C. Price, B. Ziv, Y. Sherez, E. Greenberg, A. Devir and R. Yaniv, 2007: First detection of transient luminous events associated with winter thunderstorms in the Eastern Mediterranean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L12801, doi:10.1029/2007GL029528. 30.    Greenebrg, E., C. Price, Y. Yair, M. Ganot, J. Bor and G. Satori, 2007: ELF transients associated with sprites and ELVES in eastern Mediterranean winter thunderstorms. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 69, 1569-1586. 31.    Ziv, B., H. Saaroni, Y. Yair, M. Ganot, H. Baarad and D. Isaschari, 2008: Atmospheric factors governing winter thunderstorms in the coastal regions of the eastern Mediterranean. Theor. Appl. Clim., 10.1007/s00704-008-0008-6. 32.    Harrison, R. G., K. L. Aplin, F. Leblanc and Y. Yair, 2008: Planetary atmospheric electricity. Space Sci. Rev., 137: 5–10, doi: 10.1007/s11214-008-9419-z. 33.    Yair Y., 2008: Charge generation and separation processes. Space Sci. Rev., 137: 119–131, doi: 10.1007/s11214-008-9348-x. 34.    Yair Y., G. Fischer, F. Simoes, N. Renno and P. Zarka, 2008: Updated review of planetary atmospheric electricity, Space Sci. Rev., 137: 29–49, doi: 10.1007/s11214-008-9349-9. 35.    Simões, F., M. Rycroft, N. Renno, Y. Yair, K.L. Aplin and Y. Takahashi, 2008: Schumann resonances as a means of investigating the electromagnetic environment in the solar system. Space Sci. Rev., 137: 455–471, doi:  10.1007/s11214-008-9398-0. 36.    Yair, Y., 2008: A step further: opening books and educational resources. ACM SIGCSE Bull., 40, 4, 22-23, doi: 10.1145/1473195.1473207 37.    Takahashi, Y., J. Yoshida, Y. Yair, T. Imamura and M. Nakamura, 2008: Lightning Detection by LAC Onboard the Japanese Venus Climate Orbiter, Planet-C. Space Sci. Rev., 137: 317–334, doi: 10.1007/s11214-008-9400-x 38.    Joseph, J. H., O. Yaron, E. Yaroslavich, P. Israelevich, I. Koren, Y. Yair, A. Devir, and P. Kischa (2008), Determination of most probable height of desert dust aerosol layer from space, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D20S93, doi:10.1029/2007JD009646. 39.    Yair, Y. Y., R. Aviv, and G. Ravid (2009), Clustering and synchronization of lightning flashes in adjacent thunderstorm cells from lightning location networks data, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D09210, doi:10.1029/2008JD010738 40.    Yair, Y., et al., (2009), Optical observations of transient luminous events associated with winter thunderstorms near the coast of Israel. Atmospheric Research, 91(2-4): p. 529-537. 41.    Vadislavsky, E., Y. Yair*, C. Erlick, C. Price, E. Greenberg, R. Yaniv, B. Ziv, N. Reicher and A. Devir (2009), Indication for circular organization of column sprite elements associated with Eastern Mediterranean winter thunderstorms. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 71, 17-18, 1835-1839. 42.    Price, C., M. Asfur and Y. Yair (2009), Maximum hurricane intensity preceded by increase in lightning frequency, Nature Geoscience, 2, 5, 329-332. 43.    Yair , Y., Y. Takahashi, R. Yaniv, U. Ebert, and Y. Goto (2009), A study of the possibility of sprites in the atmospheres of other planets, J. Geophys. Res., 114, E09002, doi:10.1029/2008JE003311. 44.    Ziv, B., H. Saaroni, Y. Yair, M. Ganot, A. Baharad and D. Isasrachi (2009), Atmospheric factors governing winter thunderstorms in the coastal region of the eastern Mediterranean. Theor Appl Climatol., 95:301–310, doi:10.1007/s00704-008-0008-6.    45.    Yair, Y., B. Lynn, C. Price, V. Kotroni, K. Lagouvardos, E. Morin, A. Mugnai, and M. d. C. Llasat (2010), Predicting the potential for lightning activity in Mediterranean storms based on the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model dynamic and microphysical fields, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D04205, doi:10.1029/2008JD010868.    46.    Lynn, B. and Yair, Y. (2010), Prediction of lightning flash density with the WRF model, Adv. Geosci., 23, 11-16, doi:10.5194/adgeo-23-11-2010. (1.075, 17) 47.    Dubrovin , D., S. Nijdam, E. M. van Veldhuizen, U. Ebert, Y. Yair*, and C. Price (2010), Sprite discharges on Venus and Jupiter‐like planets: A laboratory investigation, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A00E34, doi:10.1029/2009JA014851. 48.     Altaratz, O., I. Koren, Y. Yair, and C. Price (2010), Lightning response to smoke from Amazonian fires, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L07801, doi:10.1029/2010GL042679. 49.    Harats, N., Ziv, B., Yair, Y., Kotroni, V., and Dayan, U.: Lightning and rain dynamic indices as predictors for flash floods events in the Mediterranean, Adv. Geosci., 23, 57-64, doi:10.5194/adgeo-23-57-2010, 2010. 50.    Llasat, M. C., Llasat-Botija, M., Prat, M. A., Porcú, F., Price, C., Mugnai, A., Lagouvardos, K., Kotroni, V., Katsanos, D., Michaelides, S., Yair, Y., Savvidou, K., and Nicolaides, K.(2010), High-impact floods and flash floods in Mediterranean countries: the FLASH preliminary database, Adv. Geosci., 23, 47-55, doi:10.5194/adgeo-23-47-2010. 51.    Rozalis, S., E. Morin, Y. Yair* and C. Price (2010), Flash flood prediction using an uncalibrated hydrological model and radar rainfall data in a Mediterranean watershed under changing hydrological conditions. J. Hydrol., doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.03.021. 52.    Mäkelä A., T. Kantola, Y. Yair and T. Raita (2010), Observations of TLEs above the Baltic Sea on Oct 9 2009. Geophysica (2010), 46(1–2), 79–90. 53.    Price, C., Y. Yair, A. Mugnai, K. Lagouvardos, M. C. Llasat, S. Michaelides, U. Dayan, S. Dietrich, F. Di Paola, E. Galanti, L. Garrote, N. Harats, D. Katsanos, M. Kohn, V. Kotroni, M. Llasat-Botija, B. Lynn, L. Mediero, E. Morin, K. Nicolaides, S. Rozalis, K. Savvidou, B. Ziv, (2011). Using lightning data to better understand and predict flash floods in the Mediterranean, Surveys in Geophysics, 32:733-751, DOI 10.1007/ss10712-011-9146-y. 54.    Reuveni, Y., C. Price, Y. Yair and R. Yaniv (2011), The connection between meteor showers and VLF atmospheric noise signals. Jour. Atmos. Elec., 31(1), 23-36. 55.    Shalev, S., Saaroni, H., Izsak, T., Yair*, Y. and Ziv, B.  (2011): The spatiotemporal distribution of lightning over Israel and the neighboring area and its relation to regional synoptic systems, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 2125–2135, doi:10.5194/nhess-11-2125-2011. 56.    Price C, Yair Y., Mugnai A., Lagouvardos K., Llasat M. C., Michaelides S., Dayan U., Dietrich S., Galanti E., Garrote L., Harats N., Katsanos D., Kohn M., Kotroni V., Llasat-Botija M., Lynn B., Mediero L., Morin E., Nicolaides K., Rozalis S., Savvidou K., and Ziv B. (2011) The FLASH Project: Using Lightning Data to Better Understand and Predict Flash Floods, Environmental Science and Policy, 14, 898-911. 57.    Yair, Y. (2012). New results on planetary lightning. Advances in Space Research, 50, 3, 293-310. 58.    Pasko, V. P.; Yair, Y., and Kuo, C.-L. (2012). Lightning Related Transient Luminous Events at High Altitude in the Earth’s Atmosphere: Phenomenology, Mechanisms and Effects. Space Science Reviews, pp. 1-42, 0038-6308, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-011-9813-9. 59.    Lynn, B., Y. Yair, C. Price, G. Kelman and A. J. Clark (2012). Predicting Cloud-to-Ground and Intracloud Lightning in Weather Forecast Models. Weather and Forecasting, 27, 1470-1488, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-11-00144.1. 60.    Simões, F., R. Pfaff, M. Hamelin, J. Klenzing, H. Freudenreich, C. Béghin, J.-J. Berthelier, K. Bromund, R. Grard, J.-. Lebreton, S. Martin, D. Rowland, D.Sentman, Y. Takahashi and Y. Yair (2012). Using Schumann Resonance Measurements for Constraining the Water Abundance on the Giant Planets - Implications for the Solar System's Formation. Astrophysical Journal, 750, 1, 85. doi:10.1088/0004- 637X/750/1/85. 61.    Yair, Y., L. Rubanenko, K. Mezuman, G. Elhalel, M. Pariente, M. Glickman-Pariente, B. Ziv, Y. Takahashi and T. Inoue (2013). New color images of transient luminous events from the International Space Station. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 102, 140-147. 62.    Formenton, M., Panegrossi, G., Casella, D., Dietrich, S., Mugnai, A., Sanò, P., Di Paola, F., Betz, H.-D., Price, C., and Yair, Y. (2013), Using a cloud electrification model to study relationships between lightning activity and cloud microphysical structure, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 1085-1104, doi:10.5194/nhess-13-1085-2013. 63.    Yair, Y., S. Shalev, Z. Erlich, A. Agrachov, E. Katz, H. Saaroni, C. Price and B. Ziv (2014), Lightning flash multiplicity in eastern Mediterranean winter thunderstorms. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 165-173, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-165-2014. 64.    Dyudina, U., A. P. Ingersoll, S. P. Ewald, C. P. Porco, G. Fischer and Y. Yair (2013), Saturn's visible lightning, its radio emissions and the structure of the 2009-2011 lightning storms. Icarus, 226, 1, 1020-1037. 65.    Elhalel, G., Y. Yair*, C. Price, G. Harrison and K. Nicoll (2014), Influence of short term solar disturbances on the fair weather conduction current. Space Weath. Spa. Climate, 4, A26, doi:10.051/swsc/2014022. (2.5, 3) 66.    Dubrovin, D., A. Luque, Y. Yair, F. J. Gordillo-Vasquez, U. Ebert and C. Price (2014), Impact of lightning on the lower ionosphere of Saturn and possible generation of TLEs. Icarus, 241, 313-328, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.06.025. 67.    Yaniv, R., Y. Yair*, C. Price, J. Bor, M. Sato, Y. Hobara, S. Cummer, J. Li and A. Devir (2014). Ground-based observations of the relations between lightning charge-moment-change and the physical and optical properties of column sprites. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 107, 60-67. ( 68.    Yair, Y. (2014), Print vs. digital books in distance education. ACM Inroads, vol. 5, 1, 28-29, doi: 10.1145/2568195.2568204. 69.    Yair, Y. (2014), Did you let a robot check my homework? ACM Inroads, vol. 5, 2, 33-35, doi: 10.1145/2614512.2614522. 70.    Luque, A., D. Dubrovin, F.J. Gordillo-Vazquez, U. Ebert, F. C. Parra-Rojas, Y. Yair and C. Price (2014), Coupling between atmospheric layers in gaseous giant planets due to lightning-generated electromagnetic pulses. Jour. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, 8705–8720.   71.    Dubrovin, D., S. Nijdam, T.T.J. Clevis, L.C.J. Heijmans, U. Ebert, Y. Yair* and C. Price (2015), Positive streamers in air of varying density: experiments on the scaling of the excitation density, Jour. Phys. D: Applied Physics, 48, 055205. 72.    Price, C., N. Reicher and Y. Yair (2015), Do West African Thunderstorms Predict the Intensity of Atlantic Hurricanes? Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/2014GL062932.    73.    Yair, Y. (2014), I saw you cheating. ACM Inroads, vol. 5, 3, 36-37, doi: 10.1145/2655759.2655769. 74.    Yair Y. (2014), Open Educational Resources: reasons to be cheerful? ACM Inroads, vol. 5, 4, 40-41. 75.    Yair, Y., C. Price, D. Katzenlson, N. Rosenthal, L. Rubanenko, Y. Ben-Ami and E, Arnone (2015), Sprite climatology in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Atmos. Res, 157, 108-118, doi.10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.12.018.    76.    Ben-Ami, Y., O. Altaratz, Y. Yair and I. Koren (2015), Lightning characteristics in Eastern Mediterranean thunderstorms during different synoptic systems. Nat. Haz . Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2449–2459, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-2449-2015. (2.1, -) 77.    Harrison, R. G., K. Nicole, Y. Takahashi and Y. Yair (2015), Focus on high energy particles and atmospheric processes. Environ. Res. Lett.,10, 100201, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/10/100201.   78.   Yaniv, Y., Y. Yair*, C. Price and S. Katz (2016), Local and global impacts on the fair-weather electric field in Israel. Atmos. Res.,172-173, 119-125. (3.817) 79.   Ziv, B., N. Haratz, E. Morin, Y. Yair and U. Dayan (2016), Can severe rain events over the Mediterranean region be detected through simple numerical indices? Nat. Haz., DOI 10.1007/s11069-016-2385-y.   80.    Yair, Y., S. Katz, R. Yaniv, B. Ziv and C. Price (2016), An electrified dust storm over the Negev desert, Israel.  Atmos. Res., 181, 6-71. (3.817) 81.    Yaniv, R., Y. Yair*, C. Price, K. Nicoll, G. Harrison, A. Artamonov and I. Usoskin (2016), Balloon measurements of the vertical ionization profile over southern Israel and comparison to mid-latitude observations. Jour. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 149, 87-92.   82.    Chanrion, O., T. Neubert, A. Mogensen, Y. Yair, M. Stendel, R. Singh, and D. 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