The work described in this paper was partially funded by a commissioned research project for the Hadley Centre, U.K. Meteorological Office. The authors would like to thank Steven Worley at the Data Support Section, NCAR, and Scott Woodruff at the NOAA/ERL Climate Diagnostics Center for supplying the COADS 1a; Bob Weller of WHOI for making available the various research buoy datasets; Arlindo da Silva at the Data Assimilation Office, NASA/GSFC, for advice and providing the objective analysis code; and Daniel Oakley for assistance in preparing the merged COADS1a–WMO47 dataset. We also wish to acknowledge the useful comments of the two anonymous referees.
Note on availability of fields: The SOC flux climatology is freely available to interested users for noncommercial scientific research, for details of how to access the fields see http://www.soc.soton.ac.uk/JRD/MET/fluxclimatology.html.
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