Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 3995–4020, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3995–4020, 2020

Research article 14 Nov 2020

Research article | 14 Nov 2020

Simulating optical top-of-atmosphere radiance satellite images over snow-covered rugged terrain

Maxim Lamare et al.

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