Oceanographic Tools: R/V Revelle
Research Vessel Roger Revelle
RV Roger Revelle (AGOR 24) is a 274-foot
(83 meter) research ship operated by the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, a graduate division of the University of California,
San Diego. It is the sister ship of the RV Atlantis, WHOIs
deep submergence support ship that carries the submersible Alvin.
Revelle is the second of three new-generation AGOR oceanographic ships
built by the U.S. Navy for operation by American oceanographic institutions.
RV Roger Revelle began construction in early 1993, was launched in April
of 1995, and sailed on her maiden voyage from Mississippi to San Diego in July,
1996. Over the last 5 years Revelle has supported many different oceanographic
cruises mostly in the Pacific Ocean.
The ship is named for Prof. Roger R. D. Revelle (1909-1991), who was one of
the twentieth centurys most eminent statesmen of science. He was a distinguished
university researcher and professor, the officer in charge of the oceanographic
section of the Bureau of Ships (now Naval Sea Systems Command), a creator of
the Office of Naval Research and head of its Geophysics Section, and a director
of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prof. Revelle was one of the first
persons to recognize, study, and interpret to the public the issues of carbon
dioxide emissions, the greenhouse effect and global warming. His major awards
and prizes were numerous. One of them, his Agassiz Medal from the National Academy
of Sciences, is displayed in the ships conference room, along with his
naval officers dress sword.
Roger Revelle made landmark scientific contributions to subjects ranging from
sea floor heat flow to the capacity of the ocean to absorb atmospheric carbon
dioxide. He had an extraordinary breadth of imagination and inquiry, coupled
with a deep conviction that science at its best was science in the service of
RV Revelle has a cruising speed of 12 knots and carries 22 crewmembers
and 37 scientists.
Learn more about the RV Roger Revelle
from Scripp's Web site including photos and specifications