Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5947–5972, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5947-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5947–5972, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5947-2017
Research article
15 May 2017
Research article | 15 May 2017

Derivation of aerosol profiles for MC3E convection studies and use in simulations of the 20 May squall line case

Ann M. Fridlind et al.

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