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Research article
02 Feb 2022
Research article |  | 02 Feb 2022

Improved understanding of regional groundwater drought development through time series modelling: the 2018–2019 drought in the Netherlands

Esther Brakkee, Marjolein H. J. van Huijgevoort, and Ruud P. Bartholomeus

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