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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2435–2453, 2017

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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2435–2453, 2017

Research article 11 Jul 2017

Research article | 11 Jul 2017

Dust impact on surface solar irradiance assessed with model simulations, satellite observations and ground-based measurements

Panagiotis G. Kosmopoulos et al.

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