The authors would like to thank J. Mahlman for his continuous support of the Hurricane Dynamics Project at GFDL. They would also like to express their appreciation to Yoshio Kurihara, Robert E. Tuleya, and Tal Ezer for their comments and criticisms of an earlier version of this manuscript. The authors are grateful to N. Nelson, L. Shay, and T. Dickey for providing the ocean observational data. Programming assistance from S. Frolov is also gratefully acknowledged. Isaac Ginis was supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant ATM 9714412 and the U.S. Office of Naval Research through Grant N000149610758. Partial support for this work was also provided by the Risk Prediction Initiative at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc. Finally, additional computational support has been provided by the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) Major Shared Resource Center.
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