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Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 179–190, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 11, 179–190, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 25 Jan 2017

Research article | 25 Jan 2017

A comparison of two Stokes ice sheet models applied to the Marine Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project for plan view models (MISMIP3d)

Tong Zhang et al.
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Stokes-flow models are the highest-fidelity representation of the equations governing ice sheet...