Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography is the largest department at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We are an active community of 42 professors and researchers, 20 post docs, and 47 grad students. Fourteen staff members assist the researchers in submitting over 100 proposals a year to over 26 agencies and managing roughly $48 million a year in extramural funding all in the pursuit of understanding the oceans and skies.


Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel Robert Gordon Sproul.

Around the Pier: A Noble Experiment
Scripps research vessel Robert Gordon Sproul runs on renewable biofuel for one year

Ganges River under a hazy sky. Photo: Roehan Rengadurai

Cutting Aerosols Will Help Secure World’s Water Supply
UC San Diego scientists outline policy solutions to reduce atmospheric dimming

  • On November 5th 2015 the US Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility launched the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE). As a collaborative project between DOE and the National Science Foundation, AWARE scientists collect and analyze data covering the atmospheric energy balance, cloud microphysics, precipitation, and aerosol chemistry. The Lead Scientist is Dan Lubin, Climate, Atmospheric Science and Polar Oceanography (CASPO) Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Read more at the AWARE site.

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