Comparison of a simple 2‐D Pluto general circulation model with stellar occultation light curves and implications for atmospheric circulation

@article{Zalucha2012ComparisonOA,
  title={Comparison of a simple 2‐D Pluto general circulation model with stellar occultation light curves and implications for atmospheric circulation},
  author={Angela M. Zalucha and Amanda A. S. Gulbis},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  year={2012},
  volume={117}
}
  • A. Zalucha, A. Gulbis
  • Published 1 May 2012
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
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