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ANGEO | Articles | Volume 37, issue 4
Ann. Geophys., 37, 487–506, 2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 37, 487–506, 2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Regular paper 02 Jul 2019

Regular paper | 02 Jul 2019

Global analysis for periodic variations in gravity wave squared amplitudes and momentum fluxes in the middle atmosphere

Dan Chen et al.
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