Articles | Volume 16, issue 20
Research article
28 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 28 Oct 2016

The climatology of planetary boundary layer height in China derived from radiosonde and reanalysis data

Jianping Guo, Yucong Miao, Yong Zhang, Huan Liu, Zhanqing Li, Wanchun Zhang, Jing He, Mengyun Lou, Yan Yan, Lingen Bian, and Panmao Zhai

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