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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3575–3587, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3575-2018
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 3575–3587, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3575-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 02 Jul 2018

Research article | 02 Jul 2018

Assessment of a multiresolution snow reanalysis framework: a multidecadal reanalysis case over the upper Yampa River basin, Colorado

Elisabeth Baldo and Steven A. Margulis
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