Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Reviews and syntheses
28 Jun 2016
Reviews and syntheses |  | 28 Jun 2016

Reviews and syntheses: Four decades of modeling methane cycling in terrestrial ecosystems

Xiaofeng Xu, Fengming Yuan, Paul J. Hanson, Stan D. Wullschleger, Peter E. Thornton, William J. Riley, Xia Song, David E. Graham, Changchun Song, and Hanqin Tian

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