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Climatology of the South - Southeast coastal region of Brazil

Grant number: 98/04332-6
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 1998 - January 31, 2001
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Meteorology
Principal Investigator:Claudio Solano Pereira
Grantee:Claudio Solano Pereira
Home Institution: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This research aims to contribute to the understanding of the behavior of the climate along the South-Southeast (S-SE) coastal region of Brazil. Several sources of meteorological data will be processed with the aim of constructing a sound database of historical climatological data for this region. Based on this, we will construct a reliable synoptic climatology to identify the physical mechanisms responsible for the regional climatic anomalies. In particular, emphasis will be given to the anomalies of precipitation, atmospheric circulation and sea surface temperature (SST) in this coastal strip of the South Atlantic Ocean. The project will be developed in the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), São José dos Campos, with the participation of researchers from Inpe’s Meteorological Science Division (MSD) and of a researcher from the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPb), within the ambit of the “ocean-atmosphere interaction” line of research. The data processed in this research will feed the Meteorological Database (MDB), located in DCM/ Inpe.With a sound database of historical climatological data, the results of this project could provide information for other studies related to the climate variability of this important Brazilian coastal region. (AU)