Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1439–1455, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1439–1455, 2021

Research article 24 Feb 2021

Research article | 24 Feb 2021

Characterizing water vapour concentration dependence of commercial cavity ring-down spectrometers for continuous on-site atmospheric water vapour isotope measurements in the tropics

Shujiro Komiya et al.

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