Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1317–1329, 2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 1317–1329, 2016

Research article 24 Jun 2016

Research article | 24 Jun 2016

Accelerating retreat and high-elevation thinning of glaciers in central Spitsbergen

Jakub Małecki

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