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Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 119–132, 2016

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Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 119–132, 2016
Research article
15 Feb 2016
Research article | 15 Feb 2016

Climate model emulation in an integrated assessment framework: a case study for mitigation policies in the electricity sector

A. M. Foley et al.

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