Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5139–5157, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5139–5157, 2016

Research article 25 Apr 2016

Research article | 25 Apr 2016

Investigating the source, transport, and isotope composition of water vapor in the planetary boundary layer

Timothy J. Griffis et al.

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