Articles | Volume 19, issue 17
Research article
12 Sep 2019
Research article |  | 12 Sep 2019

Fossil fuel combustion and biomass burning sources of global black carbon from GEOS-Chem simulation and carbon isotope measurements

Ling Qi and Shuxiao Wang

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