Humankind faces massive changes in weather patterns, sea levels, ocean acidity, and oxygen levels.

Climate change is in motion. If societies do not respond, their populations face water and food shortages and severe economic disruptions. Countless plant and animal species will be at risk.

The Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Oceanography leverages experts in marine and atmospheric science; leaders in policy, sociology, and economics; and key representatives at all levels of government.

This dynamic network will develop strategies for climate change adaptation based on top-tier science and a thorough understanding of community needs.

About the Center

A new center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, made possible by a generous gift from longtime supporters, acknowledges our current climate reality, and the effective multidisciplinary approach to solutions that is a hallmark of UC San Diego.

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Develop Your Voice

Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Master of Advanced Studies program in Climate Science and Policy responds to an international need for people working in topics affected by the world’s changing oceans and climate to combine the scientific knowledge of the Earth’s climate system with an understanding of the political, legal, and economic challenges associated with applying scientific knowledge in particular governmental and social contexts.


Coping with Drought and Plenty

Learn what Scripps Oceanography scientists do to help California deal with  drought and better manage water resources.


Adapting to a Changing Ocean

Learn about Scripps Oceanography research into sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

David Victor is a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UC San Diego. His research focuses on highly regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He is the author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world hasn’t made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change and the search for new strategies.

Adapting to a Changing Ocean: A Global Society Perspective

About Scripps Oceanography

At Scripps, our science focuses on solutions to issues such as climate change that are grounded in observation and cutting-edge research.

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