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The experiment for regional sources and sinks of oxidants (EXPRESSO) was setup in central Africa, in order to improve quantitative knowledge of tropical biogeochemistry processes. Its experimental programme included two major intensive campaigns, one conducted during the northern hemisphere wet season (WHEN?), when biomass burning was not a factor, and a second one in the early dry season (mid-November to mid-December) of 1996/1997 in the presence of significant fire activity. Given the large extent and limited accessibility of most of the region, satellite-based estimation of areas burnt and atmospheric emissions produced during the dry season experiment, was considered an important component of the project. The results are presented and discussed.

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Authors: PEREIRA J M C, Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Geographical Analysis, ISA/UTL, Lisboa (PT);PEREIRA B S, Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Geographical Analysis, ISA/UTL, Lisboa (PT);BARBOSA P, JRC Ispra (IT);STROPPIANA D, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 9th CACGP/5th IGAC Symposium, Seattle (US), August 20-25, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41534 ORA
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