Dr. Paul C. Liu from GLERL provided important guidance in the initial phases of this study, as well as inspiration through several of his relevant studies about wind waves in the Great Lakes. Fabrice Ardhuin, from IFREMER, is acknowledged for his collaboration with NCEP toward implementing the A10 source terms in the WAVEWATCH III model, one of the leveraging points in the present study. Desiraju B. Rao provided significant support toward the operational implementation of the Great Lakes wave models at NCEP. Also from NCEP, Geoff Dimego and Eric Rogers provided important technical support in the evaluation and interfacing of NAM model products, Robert Grumbine and Degui Cao provided support in the adaptation and development of ice concentration data interfaces, and Vera Gerald supported the evaluation of Eta Model and NAM winds. Finally, anonymous reviewers are acknowledged for providing useful guidance in the preparation of a final version of the manuscript.
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