R/V Roger Revelle is a highly capable Global Class research vessel that operates worldwide. The ship is operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and owned by the Office of Naval Research, as a shared-use facility within the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF), which is coordinated through University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
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.
Other notable features of Roger Revelle include an EM122 deep-water multibeam mapping system featuring redundant motion sensors for failover protection, an X-band radar that measures surface wave properties, an advanced computer network with wired and wireless access for all scientists, triply-redundant (HiSeasNet, Fleet Broadband, 3G cellular) off-ship internet connections that provide uninterrupted web access, and a robust suite of modern, well-maintained sensing systems.
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*photo by Uriel Zajaczkovski