Two methods for estimating limits to large-scale wind power generation

@article{Miller2015TwoMF,
  title={Two methods for estimating limits to large-scale wind power generation},
  author={Lee M Miller and Nathaniel A. Brunsell and David B. Mechem and Fabian Gans and Andrew J. Monaghan and Robert Vautard and David William Keith and Axel Kleidon},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={112},
  pages={11169 - 11174}
}
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