Articles | Volume 9, issue 7
Model description paper
27 Jul 2016
Model description paper |  | 27 Jul 2016

Comparison of adjoint and nudging methods to initialise ice sheet model basal conditions

Cyrille Mosbeux, Fabien Gillet-Chaulet, and Olivier Gagliardini

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