Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 15, 4703–4725, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4703–4725, 2021

Research article 07 Oct 2021

Research article | 07 Oct 2021

Lasting impact of winds on Arctic sea ice through the ocean's memory

Qiang Wang et al.

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