Articles | Volume 16, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14563–14584, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14563–14584, 2016
Research article
23 Nov 2016
Research article | 23 Nov 2016

Direct inversion of circulation and mixing from tracer measurements – Part 1: Method

Thomas von Clarmann and Udo Grabowski

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