In Partnership with RMR Co. under contract with the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
Understanding global climate change depends upon quality measurements feeding computer models. Satellite measurements rely on a grid of high-precision measurements from the Earth’s surface. Air-sea flux (heat and water vapor exchange) measurements are both sparse and crucial. The Around the Americas meteorological package sits on top of the mast and is a carefully designed system that will perform all required measurements to completely define the exchange of heat and water vapor between the ocean and atmosphere. Measurements made during the voyage (winds, temperature, humidity, pressure, solar radiation, infrared radiation, and sea temperature) are measured to very high precision.