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Structure of radar echoes in the summer in Amazonia


The use of scientific data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) is not restricted to climatological studies. In addition to data from on-board satellite sensors, the so-called “terrestrial validation” programs, that include specific campaigns of data acquisition, constitute a unique database for studying clouds and precipitation processes in tropical areas. In this context, the experiment to occur in the wet season in Amazonia in 1999 - TRMM/Brazil - will provide a much better coverage than other experiments in continental tropical areas. The data to be collected, with the latest technology for observation of the atmosphere, will permit the characterization of the structures of the precipitation systems and comparison of these results with those obtained in subtropical latitudes. (AU)

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