This study was supported by the Office of Naval Research (N00014-93-1-0577) through a contract to Harvard University. A. Gangopadhyay had completed the writing while working at JPL on a NASA project (530-21000-0-3237). The final figures were set by JPL Graphics for the Modeling Project (944-47172-0-3237). Dr. Aaron Lai kindly provided the OTIS datasets. Hindcast simulations were carried out at the large-scale supercomputer center at the Stennis Space Center and at the Pittsburg Supercomputer Center. We would also like to thank Dr. Carlos Lozano, Ms. Marsha Cormier, Mr. Wayne G. Leslie, and other members of the Harvard University Oceanography group for their support of this work at numerous instances.
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