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Volume 8, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1217–1232, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1217–1232, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 Mar 2015

Research article | 12 Mar 2015

A novel algorithm for detection of precipitation in tropical regions using PMW radiometers

D. Casella et al.
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