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Volume 12, issue 1
Biogeosciences, 12, 163–175, 2015
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Special issue: EUROSPEC – spectral sampling tools for vegetation biophysical...

Biogeosciences, 12, 163–175, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 09 Jan 2015

Research article | 09 Jan 2015

Deploying four optical UAV-based sensors over grassland: challenges and limitations

S. K. von Bueren et al.

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