NOAA AOML scientists participated in the 2017 annual PIRATA Northeasten Extension (PNE) and Saharan Dust AERosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) cruise aboard the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown from February 19 to March 25, 2017. The purpose of the PNE cruise was to measure upper ocean and near surface atmosphere in the Tropical Atlantic. This region is known for strong climate variations with impacts on rainfall rates and storm strikes for the surrounding regions of Africa and the Americas. AEROSE is an internationally recognized series of field campaigns led by scientists at Howard University and NOAA designed to explore African air mass outflows and their impacts on climate, weather and environmental health.
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