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Jeffrey T. Morisette, Louis Giglio, Ivan Csiszar, Alberto Setzer, Wilfrid Schroeder, Douglas Morton, and Christopher O. Justice

of fire statistics to the Large-Scale Biosphere–Atmosphere (LBA) Experiment in Amazonia. Polar-orbiting satellite systems have been extensively used to monitor the global distribution of fire ( Dwyer et al. 2000 ; Malingreau and Gregoire 1996 ; Justice and Dowty 1994 ). Regional fire monitoring in Brazil has been done with Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS) ( Elvidge et al. 2001 ), Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) ( Setzer and

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Ana M. B. Nunes and John O. Roads

, which means that it is not assimilated, but entirely determined by the model 6-h forecasts ( Kalnay et al. 1996 ). Janowiak et al. ( Janowiak et al. 1998 ), Roads and Betts ( Roads and Betts 2000 ), and Roads and Chen ( Roads and Chen 2000 ) showed that although large-scale patterns of precipitation fields from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction–National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCEP–NCAR) global reanalysis project [R-1 ( Kalnay et al. 1996 ); R-2 ( Kanamitsu et al. 2002

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