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Each year 600,000 hectares of forest around the Mediterranean basin are destroyed by fire. The breadth of this destruction calls for research into the development of forest fires. Scientists at the University of Corte have developed mathematical models from which computer simulations of fires can be constructed. The goal is to understand the propagation of the forest fire fronts in order to improve prevention and control of the fires. To make the simulation more accurate, large-scale tests…

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Trial by fire
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The purpose of the ESCOMPTE program is to develop a database designed to validate the instruments used to model atmospheric pollution and especially photochemical pollution, which is more common in summer. The project took place between June 5 and July 16 2001 in the area of Marseille-étang de Berre, and involved several types of measuring equipment: VHF radar, sodar, constant-volume balloons, airplanes such as ARAT, etc.ESCOMPTE also investigates the interactions between the soil, vegetation,…

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Measuring the air

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