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

Complete Roster of Scripps Oceanography COP23 Press Events Available Online
Faculty, students covered range of science topics at climate talks

Photo of the Week: Undergraduates, Ahoy!
Cruise off Point Loma introduces students to ocean and atmospheric science

Rendering of SOARS instrument for replicating ocean-atmosphere systems in laboratory setting

National Science Foundation Awards Scripps Oceanography $2.8 Million to Develop Advanced Ocean and Atmosphere Simulator
First-of-its-kind simulator will replicate a range of ocean conditions and generate near-gale-force winds in controlled setting