Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Research article
22 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 22 Feb 2018

An intercomparison of stratospheric gravity wave potential energy densities from METOP GPS radio occultation measurements and ECMWF model data

Markus Rapp, Andreas Dörnbrack, and Bernd Kaifler

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