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A review of hydrological modelling of basin-scale climate change and urban development impacts
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A review of hydrological modelling of basin-scale climate change and urban development impacts

Author: Sarah Praskievicz; Heejun Chang
Publisher: Sage Publications
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Progress in Physical Geography, 33, no. 5 (2009): 650-671
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Praskievicz; Heejun Chang
ISSN:0309-1333
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 461517428
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