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The BEMA project on biogenic emissions in the Mediterranean area has the primary goal of quantifying emission rates and vertical fluxes of reactive trace gases from various vegetation types typical for that region. In field measurements, laboratory work, and modelling activities are used to relate biogenic emissions to their resulting concentrations in air and their respective role in the tropospheric ozone formation. BEMA's experimental activities, in fact its core efforts, are focusing on a series of measuring campaigns on selected test sites representative for the Mediterranean vegetation cover and fulfilling areal and infrastructural requirements for both ecophysiological, chemical and micrometeorological measurements. A preliminary BEMA measuring campaign of 2 weeks was organized by JRC at the Castelporziano/Rome test site in June 1993, with active contribution of 12 European laboratories, in order to tune the future BEMA field measuring campaigns. Moreover, less intensive measurements have been performed at the site to characterize the seasonal variability of climate, physiology, emission rates and concentrations, and to map the distribution of the major vegetation types.

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Authors: ENDERS G, University of Munich (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15955 EN (1994) 41pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199411383 / Last updated on: 1995-03-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en