Articles | Volume 21, issue 4
Research article
23 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 23 Feb 2021

A global model perturbed parameter ensemble study of secondary organic aerosol formation

Kamalika Sengupta, Kirsty Pringle, Jill S. Johnson, Carly Reddington, Jo Browse, Catherine E. Scott, and Ken Carslaw

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