This work was sponsored by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) through its sponsorship of the International Pacific Research Center, NOAA through Grant NA08OAR4320910, and the Office of Science (BER), U.S. Department of Energy, through Grant DE-FG02-07ER64469.
The altimeter products used in this study were produced by SSALTO/DUACS and distributed by Aviso, with support from CNES (available online at http://www.aviso.oceanobs.com/duacs/). The ECMWF analysis data used in this study are described in detail at ECMWF (available online at http://www.ecmwf.int/products/data/operational_system/) and were sourced from the Asia-Pacific Data-Research Center (APDRC). The original data are available from the Research Data Archive (RDA) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (available online at http://dss.ucar.edu) in dataset number ds111.1.
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