Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 2507–2526, 2017

Special issue: Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Cryosphere, 11, 2507–2526, 2017

Research article 07 Nov 2017

Research article | 07 Nov 2017

The modelled liquid water balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Christian R. Steger et al.

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