NOAA’s largest oceanographic research vessel, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, steamed into its Charleston, South Carolina, home port, after a 243-day voyage around the world to conduct scientific research and service buoys that inform global weather, climate and ocean forecasting.
The ship sailed nearly 44,289 miles, made port calls in South Africa, the Seychelles, India, Australia and Hawaii, and opened its decks to international partner scientists and school children.
“Working across the global ocean, the ship, her crew and our scientists are helping expand our understanding of the ocean’s profound effects on weather, climate, fisheries and our economy,” said Craig McLean, assistant NOAA administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
A highpoint was the arrival of Brown in Goa, India, in June, to take part in a major U.S. -India science colloquium that brought together 20 U.S. scientists and 200 Indian scientists to advance ocean observations used to improve climate, weather and fisheries prediction. The meeting in India came after the Brown’s historic oceanographic cruiseoffsite link through the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, a rarely studied region that the United States last surveyed 23 years ago.
Deployed, serviced and recovered more than 80 buoys that monitor ocean and weather conditions in the tropical ocean, including the weather maker, El Niño, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation, a phenomena that begins in the Indian Ocean and influences U.S. heat waves and flooding. (Source and image: NOAA)