About Us

Understanding and Protecting
the Planet Since 1903

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is one of the most important centers for global earth science research and education in the world. Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps leads research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet.


PhD, Master, and undergraduate degrees covering ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences and more

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Cutting-edge programs underway on every continent and in every ocean

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Birch Aquarium

The public exploration center for Scripps, showcasing our research and more than 60 marine habitats

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography evolved from a rented room in a boathouse to one of the world’s leading centers for ocean and earth science. Learn more about Scripps’ role in American exploration throughout the 20th century, its early warning about the dangers of human alteration of climate, and its ongoing mission to understand and protect our planet.

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Scripps in the Community

Scripps Oceanography faculty, staff and students contribute to a wide array of educational and community outreach activities to engage diverse audiences – onsite at Scripps, throughout the local community, and around the globe.

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Our People

Leadership, faculty, staff, and students are the backbone of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn more about them, our diversity pledges, and search the directory below.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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