The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) was established just after World War II ended as a follow-up of wartime scientific programs. For almost 70 years, MPL has maintained a strong multidisciplinary research program consisting entirely of sponsored exploratory and technology based oceanographic research and scientific development.

As an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego, MPL serves an integral part of the academic environment of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the sponsorship and supervision of graduate student research in areas of ocean sciences and technology.

For more information, browse our history, current research areas, and labs & groups.

MPL News

Students onboard a research vessel.

Around the Pier: Student-led Cruise Puts R/V Sally Ride to the Test
Scripps graduate students and scientists employed ship’s state-of-the-art equipment during three-day research expedition off La Jolla

MPL Summer Internship Program
Applications accepted through Feb. 17, 2017

Photo of the Week: FLIP and Friends
Platform deployed to study ocean boundary layer