Research Highlights

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

The weather these seabirds experience on the Galapagos' Isabela Island may be influenced by Arctic sea ice melt. Photo: Ryan Cox A New Consequence of Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Changing Weather at the Equator
Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena including a new kind of El Niño
Jan 27, 2020
R/V Polarstern locked in Arctic ice. Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Stefan Hendricks Tethered for Months to Floating Sea Ice, Scripps Researchers Join Largest-Ever International Arctic Expedition
Biological oceanographers believe the Arctic’s tiniest creatures may answer the biggest climate change questions
Jan 16, 2020
Crashed World War II aircraft 330 feet deep off Hawaii created from high-resolution video data from R/V Petrel ROV New Detail in Deep-Sea Wreckage Find
Scripps Oceanography and collaborators image resting place of World War II aircraft
Jan 13, 2020
Birds like this black-crowned Night Heron were studied to understand their parasite load. Photo: Andrew Turner/Ryan Hechinger How Many Parasites Can a Bird Carry?
The answer reveals a first principle applicable to all biological systems, a new paper suggests
Dec 18, 2019
Downtown Kolkata during July 2018 monsoon. Photo: Debarchan Chatterjee /iStockphoto Climate Change Expected to Shift Location of East Asian Monsoons
New study finds warming climate could lead to profound changes in the subtropical climate
Nov 18, 2019
The 2018 Woolsey Fire. Photo courtesy of Peter Buschmann The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires
UC San Diego matches increased fire danger with improved monitoring capability
Nov 07, 2019
U.S. and Indian scientists prior to July monsoon expedition in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: San Nguyen Technological Feats Highlight Scripps Oceanography Monsoon Research
Scientists examine a weather phenomenon central to the lives of billions from multiple angles
Oct 29, 2019
Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup
New devices can hold up to hundreds of times their own weight
Oct 22, 2019
Biological oceanographer Mark Ohman and student Stephanie Sommer sort copepods during CCE-LTER cruise this summer Research Provides New Insight into Roles of Plankton in Marine Carbon Storage
Scripps-based ecological research program finds clues on how carbon gets stored in oceans
Oct 03, 2019
Tasiilaq, Greenland, during a record hot July 2019.  Photo: James Holte Summer Broke Arctic Temperature Records. Here’s What Scripps Researchers Who Lived It Had to Say.
Scripps scientists say they need long-term data to understand true Arctic climate trends
Sep 30, 2019
A coral reef in the Central Pacific. PC: Mike Fox Scientists Find that Corals Rely More on Hunting than Previously Thought
New findings could help scientists predict the fate of coral reefs
Sep 24, 2019
Scientists Discover New Method of Communication in Crabs
Ghost crabs use structure in their stomach to communicate when agitated
Sep 11, 2019
A gray wahle breaching. Photo: Alisa Schulman-Janiger Research Highlight: Scientists Find Key Changes in Gray Whale Migration Routes off Southern California
Increasing numbers of gray whales migrating closer to shore could put whales at risk for ship strikes, entanglements, and pollution
Sep 05, 2019
Olive Rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) caught and released as part of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program Research Highlight: Early Results Suggest California Marine Protected Areas are a Success
Seven years after completion of network, rebounds of certain species seen
Sep 05, 2019
Seen under the microscope, varied bits of plastic begin to accumulate in sediment after World War II Research Highlight: Explosion in Plastic Pollution Post-World War II in Marine Sediments
Surge in microplastics could serve as marker for “the Great Acceleration”
Sep 04, 2019
Beneath a placid surface, an internal tsunami was rolling through this Mexican lake when this photo was taken Research Highlight: Internal Tsunamis Can Alter Bodies of Water Profoundly
Underwater landslides cause long-range displacement of sediment and large-scale current alteration
Aug 15, 2019
CAICE Director Kim Prather and fellow researchers work on the SeaSCAPE experiment. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Research Highlight: Scientists Bring the Ocean into the Lab to Study Human Impacts on the Ocean and Climate
Interdisciplinary SeaSCAPE project utilizes large wave tank to look at how human pollution is affecting the ability of ocean biology to control clouds and climate
Aug 08, 2019
The 2017 Thomas Fire. Photo: istockphoto/Carsten Schertzer Research Highlight: Study Bolsters Case that Climate Change is Driving California Wildfires
Connection seen to fivefold jump in area burned
Aug 02, 2019
Arctic winter sea ice extent, with multi-year ice in bright white, in 1980 (left) and 2012. Image: NASA Sci. Vis. Studio Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice
Jul 22, 2019
Water flows through Oroville Dam spillway, April 2019. Photo: Calif. Dept. of Water Resources Research Highlight: Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water
Research projects atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation
Jul 11, 2019