Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 369–386, 2017
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 369–386, 2017

Short communication 23 May 2017

Short communication | 23 May 2017

Current challenges of implementing anthropogenic land-use and land-cover change in models contributing to climate change assessments

Reinhard Prestele et al.

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