The author would like to thank Richard Ellis for help in processing the satellite data, Doug Parker for many helpful discussions, Benjamin Sultan for the provision of his code, Phil Harris, Doug Clark and the anonymous reviewers for comments on the text, and Frank Timouk for the maintenance of the Gourma flux stations. Based on a French initiative, AMMA was built by an international scientific group and is currently funded by a large number of agencies, especially those from France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Africa. This study was funded by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Research Programme.
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