Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 769–791, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 769–791, 2017

Research article 18 Jan 2017

Research article | 18 Jan 2017

Impact of dust size parameterizations on aerosol burden and radiative forcing in RegCM4

Athanasios Tsikerdekis et al.

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