Research Highlights

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

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
Research Highlight: U.S. and Indian Research Centers Take Part in Multinational Effort to Understand a Key Monsoon Variable
Scientists aboard R/V Roger Revelle embark on study of the influence of ocean dynamics on vital climate pattern
Jul 29, 2014
Research Highlight: A Possible Key Ingredient in the Recipe for Life on Earth
Seven years after Stanley Miller's death, his unfinished origin of life experiment is completed by a new generation
Jul 01, 2014
El Niño projection for winter 2014 Research Highlight: El Niño Is Shaping Up in Southern California
Local index shows strong agreement with equatorial data; Scripps measurements are vital components of multiple programs
Jun 05, 2014
A young Walter Munk with mentor Harald Sverdrup. Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, UC San Diego Libraries. Research Highlight: Scripps and the Science behind the D-Day Landings
Seventy years after Operation Overlord, renowned Scripps geophysicist Walter Munk looks back at how his wave prediction methods helped the Allies prepare for the Normandy invasion
Jun 03, 2014
Research Highlight: Powered by Plankton
Scripps, UC San Diego algae biofuel programs rated top in the country
Apr 07, 2014
Anemometer and air sample collection tube at the tip of Scripps Pier Research Highlight: The Ocean as Air Filter
UC San Diego/Scripps research reveals the ocean takes up a portion of ozone-forming compounds at night
Mar 13, 2014
Research Highlight: 'Unique' Collaboration Helps Determine the Age of Biblical-Era Industry
Analysis of Israeli copper mine artifacts also calls accuracy of Genesis into question
Mar 03, 2014
Research Highlight: What is Tearing Africa Apart?
Scripps's David Hilton explores a rift in east Africa that will eventually split the continent
Feb 28, 2014
Satellite composite image of integrated water vapor shows an atmospheric river impacting the U.S. West Coast.  Research Highlight: Scripps and NOAA Researchers Take Flight to Observe Atmospheric River
Precipitation provided partial relief to drought-stricken West
Feb 25, 2014
Gareth Williams surveys reefs at Palmyra Atoll Research Highlight: Sick Reefs and Marine Fungus
Increasing acidity and rising temperatures will have complex effects on marine diseases in coral reefs
Feb 18, 2014