Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
27 Aug 2015
Research article |  | 27 Aug 2015

Exploring the utility of quantitative network design in evaluating Arctic sea ice thickness sampling strategies

T. Kaminski, F. Kauker, H. Eicken, and M. Karcher

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