Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1479–1498, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1479–1498, 2018
Research article
20 Apr 2018
Research article | 20 Apr 2018

Modelling the climate and surface mass balance of polar ice sheets using RACMO2 – Part 2: Antarctica (1979–2016)

Jan Melchior van Wessem et al.

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