Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1707–1721, 2017

Special issue: Pushing the limits: The eXperimental Planetary boundary layer...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1707–1721, 2017

Research article 09 May 2017

Research article | 09 May 2017

Assessing the accuracy of microwave radiometers and radio acoustic sounding systems for wind energy applications

Laura Bianco et al.

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