Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
29 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 29 Mar 2019

Assessment of the total precipitable water from a sun photometer, microwave radiometer and radiosondes at a continental site in southeastern Europe

Konstantinos Fragkos, Bogdan Antonescu, David M. Giles, Dragoş Ene, Mihai Boldeanu, Georgios A. Efstathiou, Livio Belegante, and Doina Nicolae

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