This study was funded by the Minerals Management Service under OCS Contract 14-35-0001-30509. Additional funding has been provided by Texas A&M University, the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, and the Texas Institute of Oceanography. The authors thank M. H. Freilich and R. S. Dunbar, from the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, who produced the ERS-1 scatterometer estimates of winds used in this study.
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