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UC San Diego-Led Science Teams Selected as Finalists for NASA Science Missions to Understand Our Changing Climate

Each team will receive $5 million to conduct concept studies for new satellites

USCGC Healy supporting Ice Station Operations

Discovering the Mysteries of the Arctic

STARC program probes key influence on global climate

Citizen Scientists taking observations underwater

The Power of Citizen Science

Public participation and collaboration support the advancement of scientific research at Scripps

Scripps Student Spotlight: Dylan Shafer

Undergraduate student examines sea surface temperature data and its relationship to sea ice formation

Larsen A embayment in the Antarctic Peninsula

New Paper Pinpoints Key Role of NASA Satellites in Monitoring Earth's Vital Signs

All-woman team of researchers shows how 20 years of laser-based observations have improved our understanding of a changing planet

A researcher leads a group of citizen scientists in Antarctica.

Scripps Scientists Journey to Antarctica to Study Key Climate Questions and More

Scripps Oceanography researchers are investigating Earth’s climate history, ice loss, phytoplankton, and marine food webs this field season

An aerial view of the Denman Glacier ice tongue in East Antarctica

Meltwater Flowing Beneath Antarctic Glaciers May Be Accelerating Their Retreat

Simulations showed that this process accelerated sea-level rise by 15% by 2300, suggesting it should be factored into future projections

The ice edge of an ice shelf in Antarctica

Antarctica’s Floating Boundary Moves up to Nine Miles with the Tide

Satellite reveals back-and-forth movement of the boundary between Antarctica’s grounded ice sheet and floating ice shelf

Researchers capture a sediment sample in the field in Antarctica.

Researchers Extract First Layered Lake-Sediment Sample from Subglacial Antarctica

Scripps Oceanography alumnus and colleagues describe the sample's importance in understanding past dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet and its ecosystems

Standing in front of his tent, Austin Carter endures a windstorm in the Allan Hills in 2019.

Probing Antarctica by Land, Sea, Air, and from Earth Orbit

Scripps Oceanography research agenda ranges from microscopic organisms to ancient ice and studying ice sheet mass loss

Scripps PhD student Tammy Russell surrounded by chinstrap penguins in Antarctica

Diving into Seabird Science

The study of penguins and other seabirds takes flight through the research of Scripps PhD student Tammy Russell

Scripps oceanographer Julie McClean

A Scientist's Life: Julie McClean

Physical oceanographer seeks to simulate ocean and sea ice physics for climate research

Chloe Gustafson and mountaineer Meghan Seifert installing a magnetotelluric station in Antarctica. Photo: Kerry Key, Columbia University.

Groundwater Discovered in Sediments Buried Deep Under Antarctic Ice

Study proves value of electromagnetic techniques in a new polar environment

Osmund Holm-Hansen 1928-2021

Osmund Holm-Hansen: 1928-2021

Leading scientist in plankton dynamics of polar regions

Antarctica Research

Scientists returning to expansive data collection in Antarctica

Scripps Oceanography research resumes on frozen continent after COVID-19 interruption

mask floating in ocean

New Study Pinpoints Likely Path of COVID-Related Plastic Waste in the Ocean

Researchers use a new model to project where the surge of mismanaged medical waste will end up—including beaches, seabeds, and the Arctic Ocean

Scripps Oceanography graduate student Austin Carter, a member of geoscientist Sarah Aarons' lab, decontaminates ice sample from the Allan Hills area of Antarctica. Aarons' lab will analyze ancient dust collected during COLDEX. Photo: Erik Jepsen

Search for the World’s Oldest Ice to be Initiated

Scientists hope ice samples as much as five million years old can preview what society will face in coming century

Antarctic doline on after drainage.

Scientists Track Sudden Disappearance of Antarctic Ice Shelf Lake

Detailed observations enable better understanding of future ice shelf stability

Woman jumping in field with rainbow in background.

Scripps Student Spotlight: Karina Halliman

Undergraduate focuses research on the health of marine ecosystems, from food webs in the Antarctic Peninsula to seabird populations along the U.S. West Coast

Spotlights illuminate an instrument used to detect pockets of warm Pacific Ocean water that penetrated the Arctic Ocean

The 'Heat Bombs' Destroying Arctic Sea Ice

Unprecedented observations could revise forecasts of melt in polar ocean

West Antarctica 2019

New Study Identifies Atmospheric Rivers as Contributor to Increased Snow Mass in West Antarctica

New satellite enabled detailed measurement of extreme precipitation events

Snow on field in mountain clearing.

New Study Identifies Mountain Snowpack Most “At-Risk” from Climate Change

Scripps scientists theorize why snowpack in coastal regions, the Arctic, and the Western U.S. may be among the most at-risk for premature melt from rising temperatures

Portrait of a smiling woman with blonde curly hair

Antarctic Geographic Feature Named in Honor of Scripps Glaciologist Helen Amanda Fricker

The U.K. Antarctic Place-Names Committee honors British individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to furthering Antarctica's understanding, protection, and management

Scripps representing during recent fieldwork in West Antarctica. Photo: Oliver Marsh and Matt Siegfried

Around the Pier: Scripps Launches Polar Center

Center draws from several disciplines to focus on Earth’s most rapidly changing regions

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