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Convective storms, sometimes reaching into the stratosphere, play a major role in maintaining the heat balance of the atmosphere, and in governing the vertical distribution of critical trace gases and aerosols. Work involving the coupling of the deeper atmosphere to the surface and boundary layers is being conducted over the rain forest of the Amazon Basin and the tropical south Atlantic and Pacific. Other studies, which capitalize upon knowledge of convective storms and the boundary layer, include global and regional rainfall, gaps in the rainforest and low frequency sound transmission.