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Research article
25 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 25 Nov 2020

Long-term surface energy balance of the western Greenland Ice Sheet and the role of large-scale circulation variability

Baojuan Huai, Michiel R. van den Broeke, and Carleen H. Reijmer

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