Narrator: This is Science Today. Construction has officially begun on a high-tech research ship that is owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Bruce Appelgate, the associate director of Scripps who is in charge of ship operations, says the new vessel, called AGOR-28, will support research conducted at Scripps.
Appelgate: We do everything from geology of the seafloor to the physics and chemistry of the water masses to global climate change issues. And this new vessel is going to be able to support all those different aspects of oceanography. It's going to follow the main philosophy that we have here at Scripps in being a general purpose research vessel, which means that we can accommodate all sorts of scientists and all the gear that they need onboard and have all the support instrumentation onboard to allow them to make accurate and precise measurements.
Narrator: The ship is set to launch in 2015 and will also be part of the University of California Ship Funds Program, which allows grad students to conduct research at sea. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.