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GMD | Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 335–362, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 335–362, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Model description paper 31 Jan 2020

Model description paper | 31 Jan 2020

An urban ecohydrological model to quantify the effect of vegetation on urban climate and hydrology (UT&C v1.0)

Naika Meili et al.

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We developed a novel urban ecohydrological model (UT&C v1.0) that is able to account for the...