The Argo data used here were collected and are made freely available by the International Argo Program and by the national programs that contribute to it. The authors thank John Gilson, Megan Scanderbeg, and Lisa Lehmann for valuable suggestions. This work was supported by U.S. Argo through NOAA Grant NA17RJ1231 (SIO-JIMO), and by NOAA award NA10OAR4310139 and NASA Grant NNX08AI82G. The altimeter products were produced by Ssalto/Duacs and distributed by Aviso with support from the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).
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