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Research Highlights

News on research being conducted by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Emperor penguins resurface after a dive at Crary Bank in Antarctica's Ross Sea. Photo: Gerald Kooyman Even at 400 Meters Deep, Banks of Ross Sea Are Consistent Source of Emperor Penguin Food
Secrets of most successful colony in Antarctica revealed over more than two decades of study
Jul 28, 2020
The repaired main spillway of Oroville Dam in April 2019. Photo: Kevin Grow/Calif. Dept. of Water Resources Researchers Identify Factor Behind 2017 Oroville Dam Spillways Incident
Heavy snowmelt delivered a surge of runoff to Feather River and Lake Oroville
Jul 22, 2020
Saharan dust makes its way across the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: NOAA Air Pollution’s Connection to Infant Mortality
New study reveals air pollution, even from natural sources, has critical impacts on child health
Jul 01, 2020
Blue whale fluke. PC: Angela Szesciorka Blue Whales Are Arriving in Southern California Earlier and Earlier
Scientists find that blue whales are timing their migration around the previous year’s krill abundance
Jun 17, 2020
Sea skater dodges water downpour. Reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution License​ 4.0 @ Mafadik et al. 2020​. “It is Practically Hovering on Air”
High-speed footage provides never-before-seen look at tiny insect that can survive life on high seas
May 26, 2020
Shane Clark of the Keeling lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography collects an air sample at the end of Scripps Pier. Coronavirus Global Slowdown Is Cleaning the Skies. How Long Will It Last?
Scripps Oceanography climate scientists ponder what episode tells us about global warming
May 06, 2020
The Thwaites Ice Shelf as captured by NASA's Operation IceBridge. Credit: NASA / James Yungel First Results from NASA’s ICESat-2 Mission Map 16 Years of Melting Ice Sheets
Team of scientists finds massive ice loss in West Antarctica
Apr 30, 2020
Satellite measurements of SSTs, averaged during June-Aug. of 2019. Reds are warmer than normal, blue are colder than normal. New Study Looks at How the “Blob” Came Back
Scripps Oceanography and CIRES scientists find that weak winds in the Pacific drove record-breaking 2019 summertime marine heat wave
Apr 21, 2020
Photos: CDIP, Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego Research in the Time of COVID-19
Despite a deserted campus, some essential Scripps research programs carry on
Apr 09, 2020
Coral-Inspired Biomaterials Could Lead to Highly Efficient Biofuel Production
Biologists and engineers design 3D printed corals that could help energy production and coral reefs
Apr 09, 2020
Salinosporamide strains on an agar plate (photo by Nastassia Patin) Deep Sea Anti-Cancer Drug Discovered by Scripps Scientists Enters Final Phase of Clinical Trials
Microbe from the ocean floor is a promising new treatment for glioblastoma, the cancer that killed Sen. John McCain
Apr 08, 2020
Surface waves are visible near the terminus of a glacier in Norway. Listen Up: Scripps Scientists Use Underwater Microphones to Study Calving Arctic Glacier
Researchers develop new method for measuring glacial retreat by analyzing underwater acoustic recordings of icebergs falling into the ocean
Apr 06, 2020
Photo: Rawpixel Coastal Heat Waves Can Tax Public Health – Even Outside of Summer
Study of Southern California hospitalizations shows upticks attributable to heat driven by Santa Ana winds in fall, winter, and spring
Apr 02, 2020
Pancake ice in Antarctica's Andvord Bay. Photo: Maria Stenzel New Research is the First to Relate Antarctic Sea Ice Melt to Weather Change in the Tropics
Diminishing sea ice translates to warmer ocean, more rain, and stronger trade winds
Mar 12, 2020
Illustration: Naeblys/istockphoto Earth’s Mantle, Not Its Core, May Have Generated Planet’s Early Magnetic Field
Scripps Oceanography researcher’s assertion bolstered by series of new studies
Mar 05, 2020
Parasitic Worms Have Armies, and Produce More Soldiers When Needed
Study demonstrates for the first time that animal societies can adjust army size to meet threat levels in the wild
Feb 26, 2020
Thawing permafrost on Canada's Herschel Island. Photo: Gonçalo Vieira / Nunataryuk Climate Destabilization Unlikely to Cause Methane ‘Burp’
Researchers say ancient periods similar to today suggest only minor release of methane
Feb 20, 2020
Study Shows Acceleration of Global Mean Ocean Circulation since 1990s
Influence of greenhouse gas emissions cited as contributing cause
Feb 05, 2020
Crew deploys the SeaCycler on May 22, 2016 for year-long measurements in the central Labrador Sea. Photo: Kat Fupsova Bubbles Transport Massive Amounts of Oxygen to the Deep Ocean through Marine ‘Trap Door’
Transfer in the Labrador Sea threatened by climate change
Feb 03, 2020
Strateole-2: Long-duration balloon flights across the tropics to study atmospheric dynamics and composition Up, Up, and Away
Long-duration balloons collecting climate data in the sky complete first trip around the globe
Feb 03, 2020
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