The NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) of Howard University and AEROSE science team will co-sponsor an open house aboard the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown on Sunday, February 17, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Students and Faculty from local universities, federal and local government (San Juan WFO, Mayor’s office), and other selected guests will be hosted from about 1:00 - 3:00 PM. The open house will be comprised of a tour of the ship facilities, a showcasing of the science labs, and a brief exposition on the scientific research. The ship will be docked at the US Coast Guard Base in San Juan.There are still a few limited spaces but security restrictions on the base require all parties to being a valid form of ID and submit their full name and affiliation by noon.
The NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown is a floating research laboratory capable of supporting interdisciplinary science experiments throughout the global oceans. This cruise featured three scientific parties exploring the climate of the tropical Atlantic using a variety of atmospheric and oceanographic probes.
The main mission of the was the Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) is a three-party project between Brazil, France and the United States that seeks to monitor the upper ocean and near surface atmosphere of the Tropical Atlantic via the deployment and maintenance of an array of moored buoys and automatic meteorological stations. During this cruise four moorings in the northeast extension (PNE) were serviced and along with an extensive series of oceanographic profiling casts. A scientific team from the AERosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) joined the PNE team.
The AEROSE (Saharan dust) team of NCAS will lead the science portion of the tour. Their project to study the transport, evolution, and impact of Saharan dust in the tropics was a major component of the science in a 37-day cruise that culminated with a port of call in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their 20' van is equipped with over fourteen different scientific instruments for state-of-the-art environmental measurements of physical, chemical, and biological parameters.