Tropical Atlantic Observations for Climate and Weather

Related Projects

The goals of PIRATA complement a number of other ongoing national and international projects, including:


The Trans-Atlantic Saharan Dust AERosols and Oceanographic Science Expedition (AEROSE) is a project that aims to characterize the impacts and microphysical evolution of Sahara dust aerosol transport across the Atlantic Ocean. AEROSE observations are collected during PNE cruises aboard the R/V Ronald H. Brown.


The Tropical Atlantic Climate Experiment (TACE), endorsed by the CLimate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) project, is a program of enhanced observation and modeling studies in the tropical Atlantic spanning the period 2006-2011. One goal of TACE is to contribute to the final design of a sustained observing system for the region, including the PIRATA Northeast Extension.


The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) project, is an international effort to improve our knowledge and understanding of the West African Monsoon (WAM) and its variability. PNE contributes to AMMA by helping us better understand the role of the ocean in seasonal to interannual fluctuations in the WAM with observations at the new PIRATA mooring sites.