Articles | Volume 25, issue 2
Research article
03 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 03 Feb 2021

Quantifying the impacts of compound extremes on agriculture

Iman Haqiqi, Danielle S. Grogan, Thomas W. Hertel, and Wolfram Schlenker

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