Utilizing Spaceborne Radars to Retrieve Dry Snowfall

@article{Kulie2009UtilizingSR,
  title={Utilizing Spaceborne Radars to Retrieve Dry Snowfall},
  author={Mark S. Kulie and Ralf Bennartz},
  journal={Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology},
  year={2009},
  volume={48},
  pages={2564-2580}
}
  • M. KulieR. Bennartz
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
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