Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Data description paper
02 Aug 2019
Data description paper |  | 02 Aug 2019

GRACE-REC: a reconstruction of climate-driven water storage changes over the last century

Vincent Humphrey and Lukas Gudmundsson

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