Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1387–1412, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1387–1412, 2020

Research article 27 Mar 2020

Research article | 27 Mar 2020

Evaluation of satellite-based aerosol datasets and the CAMS reanalysis over the ocean utilizing shipborne reference observations

Jonas Witthuhn et al.

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