Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3077–3098, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3077-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3077–3098, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3077-2016

Research article 09 Mar 2016

Research article | 09 Mar 2016

Microphysics-based black carbon aging in a global CTM: constraints from HIPPO observations and implications for global black carbon budget

Cenlin He et al.

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