Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3595–3627, 2019

Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3595–3627, 2019

Research article 04 Jul 2019

Research article | 04 Jul 2019

Two decades observing smoke above clouds in the south-eastern Atlantic Ocean: Deep Blue algorithm updates and validation with ORACLES field campaign data

Andrew M. Sayer et al.

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