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.

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MPL News

Photo of the Week: Lost Ship Remembered
U.S. Navy honors crew of ship whose sunken stern was found by Project Recover

Photo of the Week: Arctic Aloha
Researchers carry high spirits to the higher latitudes

A scientific diver ascends a reef wall in Palau.

Scientists Find Corals in Deeper Waters Under Stress Too
Scripps researchers use novel approach to assess temperature stress on deep coral reefs in Palau, combining sea level and temperature data sets from continuous recorders serviced by divers