The Rutgers University, NURC, Puertos del Estado are thanked for their help at various stage of the development of the SOCIB operational models and for their constructive comments and suggestions that helped to improve the SOCIB forecasting system. We also thank IMEDEA for hosting part of the SOCIB modelling facility.
The use of the data from Puertos del Estado and MétéoFrance buoys network is acknowledged. The Hirlam data are from the Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia (AEMET) which are thanked for its support. The altimeter products were produced by SSALTO-DUACS and distributed byAVISO with support from CNES. The SST product used to validate the WMOP forecast is provided by the MODISA/Nasa product (http://oceandata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/MODISA/L3SMI/).