Articles | Volume 22, issue 21
Research article
11 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 11 Nov 2022

Predicting atmospheric background number concentration of ice-nucleating particles in the Arctic

Guangyu Li, Jörg Wieder, Julie T. Pasquier, Jan Henneberger, and Zamin A. Kanji

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