Research Highlights

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

The ability of organisms such as this fluorescing brittlestar to use radio frequencies to sense to be tested in RadioBio Research Highlight: Can Organisms Sense via Radio Frequency?
A team of UC San Diego researchers awarded grant to find out
Oct 31, 2017
Negotiators at a 2015 UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany Research Highlight: Seventy Percent of Climate Pact Signatories Include Oceans in Their Climate Change Action Plans
Small island countries score highest in new survey; large countries including U.S. do not mention oceans in plans
Oct 30, 2017
A significantly drier El Niño visited Southern California in 2015-16 Research Highlight: Why Was the 2015-16 El Niño Event So Dry?
Researchers uncover clues why powerful El Niño yielded little precipitation in California
Oct 05, 2017
Alloy crystals take varied shapes under pressure analagous to planet core. Image: Scripps, Sabine Faulhaber/UCSD Nanoengineering Research Highlight: Squeezing Out the Story of Planets
Experimental petrologist-mineral physicist Anne Pommier squeezes and melts rocks to reproduce the interior of planets
Oct 04, 2017
Photo: MistikaS/iStock Research Highlight: Rising CO2 Leading to Changes in Land Plant Photosynthesis
Suggests that plants have achieved an optimum response to rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere
Oct 03, 2017
Estimated surface temperature trend 1967-2017. Data accessed from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Sept. 18, 2017 Research Highlight: New Climate Risk Classification Created to Account for Potential “Existential” Threats
Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050
Sep 18, 2017
Parrotfish and surgeonfish graze on turf algae at Hawaii's Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area Research Highlight: Protect Herbivores, Preserve Coral Reefs
Data from world’s first herbivore reserve suggests protection works to keep algae overgrowth in check
Aug 28, 2017
Cross-polarized light image of a portion of the interior of the lunar 'Rusty Rock' / NASA Research Highlight: Analysis of "Rusty" Lunar Rock Suggest the Moon's Interior Is Dry
The study contradicts a recently published paper, which suggested the moon’s interior is wet
Aug 22, 2017
The amount of pollutants in yellowfin tuna tissue varies widely by region, Scripps researchers found. Photo: Lindsay Bonito Research Highlight: Pollutant Levels in Tuna Depend on Where They Are Caught
Scripps researchers find the amount of pollutants in tuna tissue varies widely by region
Aug 03, 2017
An iceberg calved from Larsen C ice shelf at far left had moved away as much as two miles in two weeks. Image courtesy of DLR Research Highlight: After the Break
How the separation of a state-sized iceberg changes ecology in a key region of ocean biology
Jul 31, 2017
Scripps physical oceanographer Nick Pizzo Research Highlight: A Wave’s “Sweet Spot” Revealed
Scripps researcher studies waves to help better forecast weather and climate
Jun 29, 2017
Number of days in Jan. 2016 surface melt was detected from passive microwave satellite observations. Image: Julien Nicolas/OSU Research Highlight: Scientists Report Large-Scale Melting Event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño
Surface of ice sheet twice the size of California melted in one summer in what could become a regular occurrence
Jun 29, 2017
A "film" drop (red) and "jet" drop (blue) from bursting bubble filmed 8 milliseconds apart. Photo illustration: Dale Stokes Research Highlight: Breakthrough Finding in Sea Spray Particle Chemistry
Sea spray aerosols that seed clouds over three-fourths of the earth are formed by “film” or “jet” droplets
Jun 19, 2017
Gun turret of sunken World War II B-25 off Papua New Guinea Research Highlight: Two Missing World War II B-25 Bombers Documented off Papua New Guinea
Latest discovery follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016
May 23, 2017
Researchers used genome mining and DNA sequencing to study bacteria found in marine sponges. Credit: Jason S. Biggs Research Highlight: Bacteria Living in Marine Sponge Produce Flame Retardant-Like Compounds
Scripps researchers are steps closer to understanding human health implications
May 11, 2017
Scripps research vessel New Horizon tows a hydrophone array over the offshore fault Research Highlight: Fault System off Southern California Could Produce Magnitude 7.3 Quake
Study finds rupture of offshore Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon fault is possible
Mar 07, 2017
The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, Feb. 22, 2017 Research Highlight: Scripps Scientists Collaborate with Icelandic Coast Guard on Wave Study
Region of rough seas deemed ideal location for research
Mar 02, 2017
Estuary at San Francisco Bay. Photo David Okey/NOAA Coastal Service Research Highlight: Researchers Uncover New Details About California’s Ancient Shoreline
Study finds previously unknown estuary “havens” during last ice age
Mar 01, 2017
Research Highlight: First Nuclear Explosion Helps Test Theory of Moon’s Formation
Scripps-led study analyzed glasses found at Trinity nuclear test site
Feb 10, 2017
Flooded intersection in Elk Grove, Calif. after January storms.  Photo: Florence Low/California Department of Water Resources Research Highlight: What Kind of La Niña Year Is This?
Atmospheric rivers have stolen the thunder from phenomenon that usually brings dry weather to the Southwest
Feb 09, 2017