Literally hundreds of individuals and dozens of institutions have contributed to the success of the NAME 2004 field campaign and associated modeling and diagnostic activities that led to this special issue of the Journal of Climate. Thanks are extended to each and every participant and institution for making the campaign an outstanding success and the resulting datasets truly unparalleled in quality and scope. We would like to extend a special thanks to supporting agencies and organizations (NOAA/Climate Program Office, NOAA/National Weather Service, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense/Army, NASA/Terrestrial Hydrology Program, NASA/Aqua, USDA/Agricultural Research Service, U.S. and International CLIVAR and GEWEX), and to several institutions in Mexico (Servicio Meteorólógico Nacional, Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Instituto del Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo Sustentable, Universidad de Sonora, Universidad de Vera Cruz, and Universidad de Guadalajara), Belize, and Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica, National Meteorological Institute, and National Center for High Technology). We would also like to thank several organizations (NCAR/Earth Observing Laboratory; the Forecast Operations Centers in Tucson, Mazatlan, and Mexico City; Vaisaila; Salt River Project), government laboratories and centers (NCEP, NWS/ Weather Forecasting Offices, NCAR/Atmospheric Technology Division, NOAA/Environmental Technology Laboratory/Aeronomy Laboratory), universities (The University of Arizona’s Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science), and groups (science directors, forecasters, forecaster assistants, monitoring directors, and field observers) that were instrumental to the success of the field campaign.
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