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The troposphere is strongly influenced by human activities through the increase in the concentrations of greenhouse gases, and the modification of the oxidizing and acidic properties of atmospheric constituents. The quantitative understanding of the mechanisms which regulate the chemical balance of the atmosphere and the atmospheric cycles of minor constituents, and the identification of the relationships between the chemical modifications and the climate change thus appear as a priority of present day research. Research strategy is based on a synergetic approach between continuous observation at different spatial and temporal scales and multidimensional numerical simulation and data assimilation, which provide the required integrating tools. However space observation has not been extensively used up to now even though satellite observation offers a unique approach in terms of coherent global data bases to assess spatial and temporal variability. The summer school offered to young researchers (graduate and post-doctoral students) a detailed overview of the state of knowledge and of the most recent studies in tropospheric chemistry giving a special emphasis to the ongoing space programmes and to the required synergy between the various observation systems.

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Authors: CHAUMERLIAC N, Université Blaise Pascal Aubiere (FR);MÉGIE G, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace des Sciences, Paris (FR);PAPINEAU N, CNES, DP/MP/07, Paris (FR);ANGELETTI G (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE);MEGIE G, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace des Sciences, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17790 EN (1998) 277pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-1906-X
Record Number: 199810887 / Last updated on: 1998-08-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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