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Research article
14 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 14 Jan 2019

New insight from CryoSat-2 sea ice thickness for sea ice modelling

David Schröder, Danny L. Feltham, Michel Tsamados, Andy Ridout, and Rachel Tilling

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