Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 663–677, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-663-2018
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 663–677, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-663-2018

Research article 28 May 2018

Research article | 28 May 2018

The biomass burning contribution to climate–carbon-cycle feedback

Sandy P. Harrison et al.

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