This work was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Postdoctoral Scholar Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, with funding provided by the Devonshire Foundation. The authors gratefully acknowledge the captain and crew of the R/V Knorr for their assistance in the successful deployment and recovery of the IR mooring. The technical expertise of W. Ostrom, J. Valdes, and J. Kemp at sea was critical to the success of the mooring operations. S. Worrilow, B. Hogue, and R. Trask are also acknowledged for the preparation of the mooring and instrumentation. We kindly thank Jonathan Lilly for useful discussions and Ross Hendry and Igor Yashayaev (BIO) and Sheldon Bacon and Penny Holliday (NOC) for their efforts to monitor the AR7W section. The altimeter products were produced by Segment Sol multimissions d'ALTimétrie, d'Orbitographie et de localisation précise (SSALTO)/Data Unification and Altimeter Combination System (DUACS) and distributed by AVISO, with support from Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES; http://www.aviso.oceanobs.com/duacs/). The integrated multimission ocean altimeter data were obtained from the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov).
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