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Volume 10, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 991-1007, 2017
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Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 991-1007, 2017
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Development and technical paper 01 Mar 2017

Development and technical paper | 01 Mar 2017

Efficiently modelling urban heat storage: an interface conduction scheme in an urban land surface model (aTEB v2.0)

Mathew J. Lipson et al.
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City-scale models describing the surface energy balance have difficulties representing heat...