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Title: Understanding Differences in California Climate Projections Produced by Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling

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  1. Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability University of California Los Angeles CA USA
  2. Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California, San Diego San Diego CA USA
  3. Civil Engineering Department University of Santa Clara Santa Clara CA USA
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Journal Name: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres Journal Volume: 125 Journal Issue: 19; Journal ID: ISSN 2169-897X
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Walton, Daniel, Berg, Neil, Pierce, David, Maurer, Ed, Hall, Alex, Lin, Yen‐Heng, Rahimi, Stefan, and Cayan, Dan. Understanding Differences in California Climate Projections Produced by Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Walton, Daniel, Berg, Neil, Pierce, David, Maurer, Ed, Hall, Alex, Lin, Yen‐Heng, Rahimi, Stefan, & Cayan, Dan. Understanding Differences in California Climate Projections Produced by Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling. United States.
Walton, Daniel, Berg, Neil, Pierce, David, Maurer, Ed, Hall, Alex, Lin, Yen‐Heng, Rahimi, Stefan, and Cayan, Dan. Mon . "Understanding Differences in California Climate Projections Produced by Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling". United States.
title = {Understanding Differences in California Climate Projections Produced by Dynamical and Statistical Downscaling},
author = {Walton, Daniel and Berg, Neil and Pierce, David and Maurer, Ed and Hall, Alex and Lin, Yen‐Heng and Rahimi, Stefan and Cayan, Dan},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1029/2020JD032812},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres},
number = 19,
volume = 125,
place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {10}

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