Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 439–456, 2021

Special issue: Modelling inland waters in a changing climate (GMD/ESD/TC...

Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 439–456, 2021

Research article 30 Apr 2021

Research article | 30 Apr 2021

The thermal response of small and shallow lakes to climate change: new insights from 3D hindcast modelling

Francesco Piccioni et al.

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