Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 9, 1579–1600, 2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 1579–1600, 2015
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18 Aug 2015
Research article  | Highlight paper | 18 Aug 2015

Century-scale simulations of the response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to a warming climate

S. L. Cornford et al.

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