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Volume 20, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1069–1079, 2016
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Special issue: HESS Opinions

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1069–1079, 2016
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Opinion article 09 Mar 2016

Opinion article | 09 Mar 2016

HESS Opinions: The need for process-based evaluation of large-domain hyper-resolution models

Lieke A. Melsen et al.
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