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The objectives of this study are: (i) to map the spatial distribution of vegetation fires over the entire African continent, for a 10-year period (1981-1990), using AVHRR-GAC imagery; (ii) to analyse, subsequently, the temporal patterns of this distribution in order to determine the general trends of fire activity and of its spatio-temporal variability, on different time (10-daily to annual), and spatial (regional to continental) scales; (iii) to improve the understanding of burning trends as a function of environmental patterns; (iv) to assess the impact of biomass burning on the atmospheric chemistry of the tropics. With this last aim in view, great effort is taken to assemble and format the fire related information, as derived from remote sensing, in consistent data sets adapted to the modelling of trace gases and particulate matter. Examples of these several research activities are presented.

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Authors: KOFFI B, JRC Ispra (IT);GRÉGOIRE J-M, JRC Ispra (IT);EVA H D, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Biomass Burning and Global Change, Williamsburg (US), March 13-17, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39193 ORA
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