Articles | Volume 18, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16271–16291, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16271–16291, 2018

Research article 16 Nov 2018

Research article | 16 Nov 2018

Southern California megacity CO2, CH4, and CO flux estimates using ground- and space-based remote sensing and a Lagrangian model

Jacob K. Hedelius et al.

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