Articles | Volume 7, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3813–3823, 2014
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3813–3823, 2014

Research article 19 Nov 2014

Research article | 19 Nov 2014

Quantifying the value of redundant measurements at GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network sites

F. Madonna et al.

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