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Volume 9, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5853–5867, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5853–5867, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Dec 2016

Research article | 08 Dec 2016

A strategy for the measurement of CO2 distribution in the stratosphere

Massimo Carlotti et al.
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We introduce a strategy for the measurement of CO2 in the stratosphere. We use an orbiting limb...