Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1259–1277, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1259–1277, 2016

Research article 20 Jun 2016

Research article | 20 Jun 2016

Greenland Ice Sheet seasonal and spatial mass variability from model simulations and GRACE (2003–2012)

Patrick M. Alexander et al.

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