Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4149–4167, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4149-2017

Special issue: Observations and modeling of land surface water and energy...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4149–4167, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4149-2017

Research article 22 Aug 2017

Research article | 22 Aug 2017

Evaporation from cultivated and semi-wild Sudanian Savanna in west Africa

Natalie C. Ceperley et al.

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