Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 299–311, 2018

Special issue: The Earth system at a global warming of 1.5°C and 2.0°C

Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 299–311, 2018

Research article 28 Mar 2018

Research article | 28 Mar 2018

Changes in extremely hot days under stabilized 1.5 and 2.0 °C global warming scenarios as simulated by the HAPPI multi-model ensemble

Michael Wehner et al.

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