Author J. Zavala-Hidalgo is funded by DMEFS, Mississippi State University, and the Secretary of Navy Grant from ONR. The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies receives its base funding from the Applied Research Center, funded by NOAA Office of Global Programs, the NASA Physical Oceanography Program, and through ONR's Secretary of the Navy Grant to Dr. James J. O'Brien. The authors thank Subrahmanyam Bulusu for his help with the preprocessing of the TOPEX/Poseidon data. Special thanks are given to Peter Hamilton who provided the hydrographic data. Mark A. Bourassa, Nobuo Suginohara, Rhonda Cooper, Luis Zamudio, and three anonymous reviewers made important suggestions for the improvement of this manuscript. Erik Marquez and Ranulfo Sobreya from the ICML-UNAM processed the AVHRR images.
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