The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) program as part of one of its InterDisciplinary Science (IDS) teams (Principal Investigator R. Dickinson). K. W. Oleson was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (No. BIR-9413218). The authors express their appreciation to N. Rosenbloom and T. Kittel for providing information pertaining to the VEMAP dataset. The reviewers are thanked for insightful comments that helped clarify this manuscript. We also thank Anji Seth for commenting on an earlier draft of this manuscript.
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