We are grateful to Prof. T. Yasunari for giving us the opportunity to conduct 4DDA with the sounding data acquired during the GAME IOP. We especially appreciate the initial model code supplied by the Japan Meteorological Agency. The authors wish to thank their many colleagues at the Meteorological Research Institute, especially K. Takahashi and H. Yoshimura. We also thank to Dr. A. Yatagai of NASDA/EORC for her significant contribution to this project. Special thanks are extended to H. Igarashi, Dr. K. Fukutomi, H. Fujinami and Y. Kajikawa of Tsukuba University for their work on the data processing. Suggestions provided by two reviewers are gratefully acknowledged. We would like to thank Prof. Yanai for many insightful comments, which led to substantial improvement of the manuscript. Finally, this study is dedicated to the memory of the late Prof. A. Numaguti of Hokkaido University.
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