As members of the KNMI QuikSCAT team, Julia Figa and Aart Voorrips have extensively contributed to the work described in this report. We acknowledge the help and collaboration of our colleagues working at ECMWF and KNMI, in particular Mark Leidner (now at AER). The QuikSCAT data were obtained from the NASA Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology. Furthermore, this work is only possible due to the EUMETSAT grant for a research fellowship post at KNMI. We greatly appreciate the three reviewers who helped to improve the paper.
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