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Obtainment of Parameters for Evaluation of the Numerical Model Developed for Plume Rise by CPTEC/INPE

Grant number: 11/12057-1
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: September 20, 2011 - October 09, 2011
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Meteorology
Principal Investigator:Saulo Ribeiro de Freitas
Grantee:Saulo Ribeiro de Freitas
Visiting researcher: Ronan Gabriel Michel Paugam
Visiting researcher institution: King's College London, England
Home Institution: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/04490-4 - Combustion of tropical forest biomass, AP.TEM

Abstract

This proposal is related with the fifth theme of the "Amazon Forest Biomass Combustion" project (FAPESP project number 2008/04490-4) coordinated by Dr. João Andrade de Carvalho Junior, denominated "Obtainment of Parameters for Evaluation of the Numerical Plume Rise Model Developed by the Center for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC) of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE)". Therefore, this cooperation between INPE and King´s College London (KCL) researchers aims to improve the plume rise mechanism existent in the CPTEC/INPE climate, weather and air quality numerical model. The visit of KCL researcher to participate in the fieldwork described in the thematic project (2008/04490-4), that will occur in the last quarter of 2011, will provide a complementary analysis of prescribed burning in Cruzeiro do Sul (Acre) related with convective heat flux, fire area and fire radiative power. The cooperation between researchers and students from INPE and Ronan Gabriel Michel Paugam (researcher associate in KCL) will bring together a multidisciplinary team that will work in fieldwork data processing and with studies to improve the emission model currently implemented in the CATT-BRAMS model, denominated the Brazilian Biomass Burning Emission Model (3BEM). Also, is expected to assess, filter and compatibilize the FRP derived from MODIS/EOS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), SEVIRI/MSG (Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager) and WFABBA/GOES (Wildfire Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm) products and relate these products with the fieldwork estimation. Moreover, the INPE and KCL researchers will work on the relationship between the convective heat flow released in biomass burning process, the fire active area determination and its assimilation in the plumerise model of CATT-BRAMS. (AU)