Research Highlights

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

Phase-out of fossil fuels can save millions of lives annually, say researchers. Photo: iStockPhoto/LightFieldStudios Research Highlight: Rapid Global Switch to Renewable Energy Can Save Millions of Lives Annually
Scientists assess impact of fossil energy and air pollution on health, climate and rainfall
Mar 26, 2019
Research Highlight: Coastal Ecosystems Suffer from Upriver Hydroelectric Dams
A recent study demonstrates the widespread environmental consequences of large dam reservoirs in Mexico
Mar 19, 2019
Photo: J.-P. Sylvestre Research Highlight: Scientists Find Mystery Killer Whales off Cape Horn, Chile
Expedition to find rare Type D killer whales
Mar 07, 2019
Crew of NOAA Ship Ronald M. Brown deploy a CTD, an instrument that collects ocean temperature and other data Research Highlight: Deep Ocean Warming at an Accelerating Rate
Measurements made from ships and by Scripps-built robots both point to more heat uptake than expected
Mar 06, 2019
AlertWildfire cameras on top of Santiago Peak in Orange County, Calif. during the Holy Fire in August 2018. Research Highlight: Seventy High-Tech Cameras Installed in Southern California Provide Eyes on Fire Prone Areas
ALERTWildfire cameras supported by UC San Diego improve situational awareness during wildfire events
Feb 28, 2019
Atmospheric river hits California. Photo: Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory / VIIRS satellite Research Highlight: New Scale to Characterize Atmospheric River Storms
Similar to scales gauging hurricane, wind, or tornado intensity, could aid flood response and water management, especially in the West
Feb 06, 2019
Ngederrak Reef, a marine protected area adjacent to the main harbor of Palau.  Photo: Travis Schramek Research Highlight: New Tool to Forecast Fishing Activity in Palau’s Waters
Novel research and prediction system has implications for large-scale monitoring, conservation, and fisheries management in Pacific island nations
Feb 01, 2019
View of internal waves off northern coast of Trinidad seen from International Space Station. Photo: NASA Research Highlight: New Research Sheds Light on Hidden Ocean Waves Close to Shore
Measurements off Scripps Pier provide the first long-duration analysis of important, but elusive underwater waves
Jan 22, 2019
Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore Research Highlight: New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically
Scripps biological and physical oceanographers collaborate to create first-of-its-kind sensing instrument
Jan 17, 2019
Images of marine invertebrate growth on plate installed off McMurdo Sound seafloor taken in 1974, 1989, and 2010 Research Highlight: How Marine Life Responds to Upheaval
Recent episode in Antarctica set off a chain of ecological events and offered a study in resilience
Jan 11, 2019
From left, vocal kelp forest fishes plain midshipman, garibaldi, and bocaccio. Photos: Margaret Marchaterre, Ed Bierman, NOAA Research Highlight: Monitoring Ocean Health Using Fish Sounds
Acoustic fish recordings could be less expensive way to monitor marine protected areas
Dec 17, 2018
SCMA co-director Tom Levy surveys the wreckage of a 4th Century BC shipwreck off Cyprus at more than 43 meters (140 feet) deep. Research Highlight: New Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology Seeks Answers to the End of Civilizations
Ancient shorelines could hold answers to human migration in Mediterranean
Dec 11, 2018
Catsharks and cusk eels on Gulf of California seafloor where oxygen levels are as little as three percent of those at surface Research Highlight: In Waters Nearly Oxygen-Free, Researchers Find Thriving Fish Populations
Scripps and MBARI researchers discover high numbers of two fish species in nearly anoxic region of Gulf of California
Dec 07, 2018
Research Highlight: Study Suggests Which Feeds Could Work Best for Small-scale Freshwater Aquaculture
Scripps student worked with high school graduates in Malawi on local fish farming practices
Nov 06, 2018
Rough seas during an April 2018 Southern Ocean transit. Photo: B. Jack Pan Research Highlight: Ocean Warming Detected from Atmospheric Gas Measurements
Team led by Scripps and Princeton University scientists use oxygen, carbon dioxide measurements to infer ocean temperature increase
Nov 05, 2018
Then-Scripps geoscience student Daniel Baggenstos in a Greenland firn cave, 2008 Research Highlight: Fieldwork in a Changing Field
Now that the future researchers predicted is here, climate change is changing how science is done
Oct 18, 2018
Patrick Brunson pipettes Pseudo-nitzschia diatoms at Andrew Allen Lab at the J. Craig Venter Institute. Photo: JCVI Research Highlight: Domoic Acid Decoded
Research into gene function in microalgae helps determine how toxins are made in oceanic harmful algal blooms
Sep 27, 2018
Research Highlight: U.S. Among Top Nations to Suffer Economic Damage from Climate Change
UC San Diego study indicates global warming is costing U.S. economy $250 billion per year
Sep 25, 2018
Seawater under analysis by CAICE researchers at the Hydraulics Lab at Scripps Oceanography Research Highlight: NSF Awards $20 Million for Continued Study of Aerosols at UC San Diego
UC San Diego’s largest center awarded a five-year $20 million extension
Sep 10, 2018
Research Highlight: Study Finds Waves Trap Pollutants from River Outflows Along Shore
New findings on movement of contamination from river mouths could improve approaches to pollution monitoring
Sep 04, 2018