Research Highlights

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

A researcher examines an ice core. Credit: Gifford Wong Research Highlight: New Study Shows Influence of Fresh Water on Climate During Last Ice Age
Study of methane in Antarctic ice reveals linkage between Arctic and tropical phenomena
Jun 05, 2015
Peak intensity trend in typhoons. Image courtesy of Science Advances Research Highlight: Typhoons Could Intensify by as Much as 14 Percent by 2100 under a Moderate Climate Change Scenario
Scripps Oceanography-led study links ocean temperatures to peak typhoon intensity
Jun 03, 2015
Bioluminescent flash Research Highlight: The Force behind Nature’s Light
Study uses algal cells to ‘shed light’ on sensing mechanical forces
May 05, 2015
Arctic Ocean melt ponds. Photo: Karen Frey/Clark University Research Highlight: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Likely To Be Reversible
Scenarios of a sea ice tipping point leading to a permanently ice-free Arctic Ocean were based on oversimplified arguments
Apr 22, 2015
National Drought Map Research Focus: Coping with Drought
Scripps Research Helps California Manage Water Resources
Apr 02, 2015
Gareth Williams Research Highlight: A World without Humans
New study examines how human activities disrupt and destroy coral reefs, leading to fresh ideas about reef conservation and management
Mar 31, 2015
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Highlight: The Dolphin Sentinels
Tales told in marine mammal’s blubber lead to a new library of chemicals in our ocean food web
Mar 04, 2015
Giant Seabass. Photo: Octavio Aburto Research Highlight: Local Survey Shows More Than Half of All California Fish Species Can Be Found in La Jolla
From archived specimens and present-day surveys, researchers find that La Jolla kelp forest, submarine canyons, and surroundings contain surprising diversity in small region
Mar 02, 2015
NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, tops rocket set to lift off today. Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett Research Highlight: Satellite with Scripps-Designed Earth-Observing Science Payload Set for Launch
DSCOVR will take a non-stop look at sunlit side of Earth
Feb 10, 2015
Fuselage-mounted meteorological probe on CalWater 2015 aircraft. Wing-mounted cloud microphysics instruments are in background. Research Highlight: The Most Studied Atmospheric River in History
A “make-or-break” weather phenomenon brings Scripps Oceanography scientists together with several agencies for campaign of unprecedented scope
Feb 10, 2015
North Pacific Right Whale Research Highlight: The Sound of Hope
Rare whale species heard off continental U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years
Feb 09, 2015
Research Highlight: Discovery Goes Deep within Coral
With key enzyme’s role revealed, researchers are armed with a new tool to study the health of coral reefs around the world
Jan 13, 2015
Schematic of the pathways of natural and human-produced aerosols from the marine environment Research Highlight: In Search of Pristine Aerosols
A new study considers how pure a key force in climate really is
Jan 13, 2015
Research camp Research Highlight: A Story of Humming Glaciers
Icequakes give researchers a glimpse deep inside Alpine water flows
Nov 25, 2014
Percentage anomaly per FPU in annual expected damage in urban areas Research Highlight: New Study on El Niño/La Niña Flooding Could Aid Disaster Planning Worldwide
Scripps researchers part of multinational study that provides unprecedented regional and socio-economic detail on flood probability
Nov 06, 2014
Greg Sinnett Research Highlight: Waves Bring the Heat
Scripps scientists pinpoint breaking waves as a surprisingly influential source for heat in the surf zone
Nov 03, 2014
The IMPACTS experiment. Photo: Christina McCluskey/Colorado State University Research Highlight: Innovative Aerosol Chemistry-Climate Study Achieves Full Bloom
A large-scale experiment to reproduce a marine ecosystem in a laboratory setting yields a trove of results on the chemical complexity of sea spray aerosols
Oct 02, 2014
Research Highlight: In Pointing Out Flaws in Climate Change Data, Two Studies Show How Science Works
An analysis of a discrepancy in sea ice estimates and a finding that computer models do a poor job of simulating dust are examples of the self-correcting nature of science, say experts
Aug 28, 2014
David Checkley Research Highlight: Swimming with Curiosity
One of the world’s longest series of daily seawater temperature measurements offers valuable insights for science and resource management
Aug 26, 2014
Research Highlight: New Images Reveal the Anatomy of an Active Volcano
Magma reservoir the size of Yosemite Valley is the thickest ever imaged beneath a ‘hot spot’
Aug 01, 2014