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Research Highlights

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

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
Polypterus. Photo: Corey Jew Research Highlight: 100-Year-Old Mystery Solved, Posthumously
Discovery led by beloved Scripps researcher clarifies puzzle of air-breathing fish with links to modern human hearing
Feb 06, 2014
Powerful wave on Oahu's North Shore Photo: Kanaka Menehune Research Highlight: Are Pacific Waves Ready to Power Back Up?
Review of wave intensity over 60 years shows strong links to multi-decadal cycles
Feb 03, 2014
Research Highlight: New Report Links Duck Hunting to Health of Baja Lagoons
Research led by Scripps graduate student shows that waterfowl habitats could be preserved in a process that links ecological processes with economic benefits
Jan 21, 2014
Research Highlight: Tuned in to Whale Behavior
Audio recordings lead to possible acoustic identification of five rare beaked whale species
Jan 09, 2014
Research Highlight: Less Sea Ice Means More CO2 Uptake in the Arctic
But new research indicates the trend is not clear-cut
Jan 06, 2014
Juvenile rockfish Research Highlight: Rising Ocean Acidification Leads to Anxiety in Fish
Study shows acidity levels projected by the end of the century results in behavioral changes that could impact feeding, fisheries
Dec 05, 2013
parchment tube worm Research Highlight: A Peek into Nature’s Glowing Slime
Scientists probe the mysteries of a little-known sea worm and its clouds of bioluminescent mucus… and find that a common vitamin may be behind it all
Dec 04, 2013
Concentrations of Garbage Patch Plastic Estimated

Nov 20, 2013
A New Call for Tracking Ocean Health: 'The Need is Pressing'
Environmental threats prompt Scripps scientists to publish high-profile commentary on the need for long-term observation programs for marine ecosystems
Nov 08, 2013
Coral Reefs Under Attack
Two new studies address issues surrounding corals in a future of warmer, more acidic ocean waters
Oct 16, 2013
Five New Instruments Keeping Oceanography Fun
Drifters, gliders and microscopes create a whole new view of the oceans
Sep 24, 2013
Research Highlight: Five New Instruments Keeping Oceanography Fun
Drifters, gliders and microscopes create a whole new view of the oceans
Sep 24, 2013
Voyager Activity: Kids! Want to drive an underwater robot?
New video games from Scripps put you in the driver’s seat
Sep 20, 2013
Geothermal energy rocks--but don’t drink the water!
Scripps-USGS study finds high levels of arsenic in Napa, Sonoma groundwater
Sep 18, 2013
Ice Age
Local Changes Initiated the End of the Last Ice Age in Antarctica
Sep 10, 2013
The Magma Beneath Hawaii’s Volcanoes
Scientists make progress in tracking the elusive route of rising magma
Aug 19, 2013
No Single Factor Controls Sardine, Anchovy Populations
Nearly 70 years after a famous fishery collapse, a new history of fish populations reveals the extent of climate, human influences
Jul 29, 2013