Ship & Crew

The R/V Roger Revelle is a 273-foot global class research vessel owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego.  The Revelle was constructed in 1996, has a 21-person crew and berths up to 37 scientists. She is available to all scientists supported by U.S. Federal, State, and other agencies. Please visit for more information about the ship and her capacities.

The ship was named for Roger Randall Revelle (1909 – 1991), a scholar and scientist who was a pioneer in the studies of climate change and plate tectonics. He was deeply influential in the growth of oceanography in the U.S. and internationally while working for the Navy in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, he was instrumental in the development of a University of California campus in San Diego. Along with his many accomplishments in the earth sciences, Revelle was one of the first scientists to realize the connection between increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and rising temperatures on the earth’s surface. He continued to teach at UCSD and SIO until his death in 1991. Revelle was a true visionary and his legacy lives on throughout the world of science and the research vessel that bears his name.


Roger Revelle


R/V Roger Revelle



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