Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 14, 77–91, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 77–91, 2020

Research article 15 Jan 2020

Research article | 15 Jan 2020

Estimation of subsurface porosities and thermal conductivities of polygonal tundra by coupled inversion of electrical resistivity, temperature, and moisture content data

Elchin E. Jafarov et al.

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