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Construction of a modern seagoing research vessel

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. A state-of-the-art research vessel that will support ocean science for the next three decades is being built now for launch in 2015. Called AGOR 28, this modern seagoing laboratory is owned by the U.S. Navy and will be operated by the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Haymet:         To understand how the Earth and our environment work, we need to have access to the water and the atmosphere and the solid earth, the bottom of the ocean. And Scripps vessels have, since 1946, played a very important part in providing access to those areas for our scientists. 

Narrator:       Scripps Director Tony Haymet says the vessels have also provided vital information for national security research. 

Haymet:         When there are shortages of water for drinking water or floods, these often lead to both direct impacts and also geopolitical instabilities.  All of those things are consequences of the changing planet.  We need to understand them and predict them as best we can and feed them into our government so we know what is waiting for us down the road.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.