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

Scripps grad student Regina Guazzo

Scripps Student Spotlight: Regina Guazzo
Biological oceanography graduate student uses acoustic technology to study gray whale migration

R/V Sally Ride at sea.

Scripps-Led Research Team to Study Sediment Plumes at Sea
Upcoming cruise aboard R/V Sally Ride will examine sediment plumes to assess the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining

A blue whale surfaces off the coast of Southern California.

Recordings Spout Secrets Behind Blue Whale Behavior
More than 4,500 sounds from the world's largest animal analyzed