I am deeply grateful to Larry Stocks of Caelum, Inc., for excellent programming support in the processing and analysis of AVHRR data, to Will Manning of Raytheon STX for help in the analysis of Antarctic station data, and to Stan Jacobs of Lamont Earth Observatory for detailed comments and suggestions. The detailed reviews and excellent suggestions by Dr. K. Steffen and an anonymous reviewer are also greatly appreciated. Furthermore, I am grateful to Drs. R. H. Thomas, H. J. Zwally, R. Bindschadler, and P. Wadhams for useful comments and encouragements. The AVHRR GAC data used in this study were put together by Dr. C. Tucker and the Pathfinder project at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The Antarctic station monthly data have been quality checked and put together by Dr. T. H. Jacka of the University of Tasmania, P. D. Jones of the University of East Anglia, and by L. M. Keller, G. A. Weidner, C. R. Stearns, and M. T. Whittaker of the University of Wisconsin. The research was supported by the Cryosphere Program and the Earth Science Enterprise/EOS project at NASA.
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