Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Clim. Past, 17, 869–885, 2021

Special issue: Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project phase 4 (PMIP4)...

Clim. Past, 17, 869–885, 2021

Research article 21 Apr 2021

Research article | 21 Apr 2021

Land–sea temperature contrasts at the Last Interglacial and their impact on the hydrological cycle

Nicholas King-Hei Yeung et al.

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