Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 501–520, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 501–520, 2020
Research article
06 Feb 2020
Research article | 06 Feb 2020

Using passive and active observations at microwave and sub-millimetre wavelengths to constrain ice particle models

Robin Ekelund et al.

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