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Kun-Hsuan Chou, Chun-Chieh Wu, Po-Hsiung Lin, Sim D. Aberson, Martin Weissmann, Florian Harnisch, and Tetsuo Nakazawa

1. Introduction Starting in 2003, the research program “Dropwindsonde Observations for Typhoon Surveillance near the Taiwan Region” (DOTSTAR) marked the beginning of an era of tropical cyclone (TC) surveillance and targeted observations in the western North Pacific using GPS dropwindsondes ( Wu et al. 2005 ). This program is built upon work pioneered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Research Division to improve TC track forecasts in the Atlantic ( Burpee et al

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