The Pacific and its influence


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A specially equipped scientific research ship and an Orion P-3 instrumented aircraft will be dispatched to the equatorial Pacific Ocean this spring by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct in-tandem studies of the ocean's influence on, and relationship with, the atmosphere. The NOAA ship Researcher will cruise the waters from Honolulu to Tahiti between May 14 and June 4, taking water and air measurements while the Orion aircraft samples the atmosphere overhead. After 3 weeks of data collection, scientists hope to gain new knowledge about how the ocean is involved in such phemomena as acid rain, El Niño, and the “greenhouse” buildup of carbon dioxide.