Articles | Volume 9, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3641–3659, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3641–3659, 2016

Research article 09 Aug 2016

Research article | 09 Aug 2016

Toward autonomous surface-based infrared remote sensing of polar clouds: cloud-height retrievals

Penny M. Rowe et al.

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