Mapping Surface Parameters for Mesoscale Modeling in Forested and Deforested Southwestern Amazonia

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Surface parameter digital maps of vegetation, soil, and relief are obtained over Rondonia, Brazil, covering the 5° ×5° region 8°–13°S, 65°–60°W. Numerical maps of the natural landscape structure have been achieved by digitizing existing 1:1 000 000 paper maps. Satellite data give information about the most recent modifications of the surface due to human activities. This mapping work is the first step of a mesoscale meteorological modeling program.

*Météo-France/Centre National de Recherches Meteorologiques, Toulouse, France.

+Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, São José dos Campos, Brazil.

#Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom.

Corresponding author address: Jean-Christophe Calvet, Météo-France/CNRM, 42, Avenue G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex 1, France. E-mail: calvet@meteo.fr

Surface parameter digital maps of vegetation, soil, and relief are obtained over Rondonia, Brazil, covering the 5° ×5° region 8°–13°S, 65°–60°W. Numerical maps of the natural landscape structure have been achieved by digitizing existing 1:1 000 000 paper maps. Satellite data give information about the most recent modifications of the surface due to human activities. This mapping work is the first step of a mesoscale meteorological modeling program.

*Météo-France/Centre National de Recherches Meteorologiques, Toulouse, France.

+Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, São José dos Campos, Brazil.

#Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom.

Corresponding author address: Jean-Christophe Calvet, Météo-France/CNRM, 42, Avenue G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex 1, France. E-mail: calvet@meteo.fr
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