Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1459–1477, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1459–1477, 2016

Research article 09 Feb 2016

Research article | 09 Feb 2016

Sensitivity of nitrate aerosols to ammonia emissions and to nitrate chemistry: implications for present and future nitrate optical depth

F. Paulot et al.

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