Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2363–2381, 2017

Special issue: Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Cryosphere, 11, 2363–2381, 2017

Special issue editorial 23 Oct 2017

Special issue editorial | 23 Oct 2017

Investigating the local-scale influence of sea ice on Greenland surface melt

Julienne C. Stroeve et al.

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