Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 313–326, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-313-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 313–326, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-313-2017
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05 Jan 2017
Research article | 05 Jan 2017

Characteristics of brown carbon in the urban Po Valley atmosphere

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