Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2229–2253, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2229–2253, 2017
Research article
14 Feb 2017
Research article | 14 Feb 2017

Impact of a moderate volcanic eruption on chemistry in the lower stratosphere: balloon-borne observations and model calculations

Gwenaël Berthet et al.

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