Articles | Volume 33, issue 9
Ann. Geophys., 33, 1091–1096, 2015
Ann. Geophys., 33, 1091–1096, 2015

ANGEO Communicates 10 Sep 2015

ANGEO Communicates | 10 Sep 2015

First experimental verification of summertime mesospheric momentum balance based on radar wind measurements at 69° N

M. Placke et al.

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