Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 915–937, 2018

Special issue: The 8th EGU Leonardo Conference: From evaporation to precipitation:...

Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 915–937, 2018
Research article
29 Jun 2018
Research article | 29 Jun 2018

Recent changes of relative humidity: regional connections with land and ocean processes

Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano et al.

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