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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-9169-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-9169-2020
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Remote sensing of methane leakage from natural gas and petroleum systems revisited

Oliver Schneising, Michael Buchwitz, Maximilian Reuter, Steffen Vanselow, Heinrich Bovensmann, and John P. Burrows

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