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Research article
11 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 11 Mar 2024

Impact of boundary conditions on the modeled thermal regime of the Antarctic ice sheet

In-Woo Park, Emilia Kyung Jin, Mathieu Morlighem, and Kang-Kun Lee

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