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

Photo of the Week: Neighbors at Sea
R/V Sally Ride teams up with research platform FLIP

Photo of the Week: Spoonful of Lovin'
Tiny squid plays role in shakedown of R/V Sally Ride

From left, Andrew Barton, Tarik Benmarhnia, Isabel Rivera-Collazo, Andrew Lucas, Kate Ricke, Jennifer Vanos

Around the Pier: New Faculty Represent University’s Approach to Understanding and Protecting the Planet
Interdisciplinary research is key trait of six new professors joining UC San Diego

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