The authors thank Dr. Yuanfa Gong and Dr. Minyan Wang for providing GMS-5 TBB data, Prof. Guoxiong Wu and two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments, and Mr. Patrick T. Brown and Miss Yueyue Yu for their editorial assistance. GL is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB417202), the NSFC (41175045), and the CMA project (GYHY201206042). PZ and YL are supported by the NBRPC (2010CB950403) and the NSFC (40925015). XF is supported by the IPRC through the JAMSTEC, NASA, and NOAA institutional grants and external grants from the APEC Climate Center, NSF, and the CMA project (GYHY201206016).
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