R/V Roger Revelle

R/V Roger Revelle, pictured here in the western Pacific Ocean in 2010, is a general-purpose, Global Class oceanographic research vessel.

R/V Roger Revelle, pictured here in the western Pacific Ocean in 2010, is a general-purpose, Global Class oceanographic research vessel.

R/V Roger Revelle

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R/V Roger Revelle is a highly capable Global Class research vessel that operates worldwide.  Operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a shared-use facility within the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), Roger Revelle is available to all scientists supported by any US federal, state, and other agencies.

Scientific Capabilities

R/V Roger Revelle (AGOR 24) is a general-purpose oceanographic research vessel constructed by Halter Marine Inc. and delivered to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for operation by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1996.  The vessel's suite of shared-use instrumentation is carefully maintained and regularly upgraded to offer scientists the most capable sensors available. 

Notable features of Roger Revelle include redundant motion sensors for the ship's multibeam mapping system for failover protection, an X-band radar that measures surface wave properties, an advanced computer network with wired and wireless access for all scientists, and triply-redundant (HiSeasNet, Fleet Broadband, 3G cellular) off-ship internet connections that use an in-house auto-switching technique to provide uninterrupted web access. 

Roger Revelle hosts the Hydrographic Doppler Sonar System (HDSS), a one-of-a-kind hull-mounted long-range dual-frequency (50-140 kHz) Doppler sonar that measures current shear at much higher resolution than commercially-available Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs).  Revelle offers outstanding navigation and station-keeping characteristics, with a modern dynamic positioning system coupled to a flexible and powerful propulsion system. 

These capabilities, in addition to a suite of underway instruments, result in a capable and highly adaptable platform for scientific research across all disciplines of marine science.