Agência FAPESP – A group of Brazilian and British researchers began flying over Amazonia on September 12 to understand how the emissions from fires in the region are changing the local and global climate.
With the help of cutting-edge technology, scientists are collecting data on the chemical composition and physical properties of the smoke emitted. They are also verifying how gases and the solid particles released into the air modify the composition of clouds, change the atmospheric chemistry and interact with solar radiation.
“We have conducted 35 flight hours to date. Our target is to reach 60 to 70 hours through October 5, when the data collection phase ends,” comments Paulo Artaxo, professor at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and one of the coordinators of the South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA).