Articles | Volume 25, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1643–1670, 2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1643–1670, 2021

Research article 01 Apr 2021

Research article | 01 Apr 2021

Evaluation of historic and operational satellite radar altimetry missions for constructing consistent long-term lake water level records

Song Shu et al.

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