The authors are indebted to the following individual scientists and computer analysts who have used their skills and knowledge working on various parts of this project since its inception in 1988:P. Pellegrino, R. Carey, G. Gutman, C. Long, C. Duda, C. Watkins, and K. Campana of NOAA; and S. Hart, G. Major, D. Carr, C. Praderas, R. Yanamandra, L. Lu, B. Zhang, D. Moore, Y. Hou, S. Vemury, R. Anne, D. Love, G. Luo, F. Jing of various contracting companies. We are also appreciative of the assistance given by management in NOAA, particularly G. Ohring, A. Gruber, H. Jacobowitz, and D. Tarpley of the Office of Research and Applications, and to W. Murray, of the NOAA/Office of Global Programs. Funding for this work was provided by these two offices in support of new product development objectives in NESDIS and the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program objectives.
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