Computing supports for running the OGCM was provided by the Institut du Developpement et des Ressources en Informatique Scientifique. Corinne Michau (CNES) provided invaluable technical assistance. The authors would like to thank Pascale Delecluse and Jean François Minster, who were instrumental in the inital stage of this work. We particulary appreciated stimulating discussions with Rui Ponte during his stay at LEGOS. Helpful comments and suggestions were provided by Claire Périgaud during Boris Dewitte’s visits at JPL. We also thank Vincent Echevin for interesting discussions and Eric Guilyardi for presenting some results of this study at the IAPSO conference in Melbourne (July 1997). Thanks are adressed to Ken Clarke, Denise Kriesel, Eric Houplain, and Markus Durstewitz for their support during the course of this study. Fruitful discussions with Yves du Penhoat, Joël Picaut, and Jean-Philippe Boulanger were also appreciated. Finally, the authors wish to thank Paul S. Schopf, Julian P. McCreary, and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments. Funding for B. Dewitte and G. Reverdin was provided by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Funding for C. Maes was provided by AGORA (Project of the environment program of the EEC).
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