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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

World Leaders in Ocean Science and Philanthropy Come Together to Create First-ever Ocean Pavilion at UN Climate Conference

COP27 venue an acknowledgment of rising profile of the ocean in international climate negotiations

Collector vehicle Patania II, operated by marine engineering firm Global Sea Mineral Resources NV, stirs up seafloor sediment during field testing.

Study Gives New Insights into Nature of Deep-Sea Sediment Plumes

MIT-Scripps Oceanography team finds that sediment stirred up stays relatively close to seafloor

Marine research geophysicist Tim Barnett, 1938-2022

Tim Barnett: 1938-2022

Geophysicist led first wave of El Niño forecasting, foretold demise of Western reservoirs

Flooding overtops Fremont Weir, 2019. Photo: Florence Low/California Department of Water Resources

Climate Change Projected to Increase Atmospheric River Flood Damages in the United States

Damage costs in western states could triple by end of century

Nierenberg Prize Awarded to Distinguished Atmospheric Scientist Warren Washington

Trailblazing climate researcher accepts Scripps-given award for science in the public interest

Big Sur experienced some of the most substantial cliff retreat rates observed by Scripps researchers

New High-Resolution Study on California Coastal Cliff Erosion Released

Website presents details on state’s continually changing coastline

Post-atmospheric river flooding in Sacramento, 2019. Caldor Fire, 2021

More Evidence that California Weather Is Trending toward Extremes

Patterns associated with wildfires increasing in frequency, those linked to “normal” rainfall decreasing

Palmyra coral reef

Central Pacific Coral Reef Shows Remarkable Recovery Despite Two Warm-Water Events

Study shows value of looking at long-term trends in face of climate change

Ocean Observing, Island Nation Collaboration Top Agenda for Scripps at UN Ocean Conference

Event beginning June 26 will address crisis facing global oceans

Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii. Photo: NOAA

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New High

Peak monthly average of 421 parts per million is 50 percent greater than pre-industrial levels

Gas flaring

Time to Broaden Strategy to Avert Catastrophic Climate Change

New study shows that only with a dual assault on carbon dioxide and other largely neglected climate pollutants will it be possible to keep the 1.5°C guardrail in sight and stay below 2°C

Scripps Oceanography graduate student Benni Birner, who led a study confirming that the amount of helium in the atmosphere is rising. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego

Confirmed: Atmospheric Helium Levels Are Rising

A by-product released by use of fossil fuels has been increasing since 1974

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

Currents off the west coasts of North and Central America

Scripps Oceanography-Led Study Predicts Climate Change Accelerates Ocean Currents

Warming is making surface currents shallower and faster

School of fish over a coral bed underwater

Ambitious New Environmental Challenge Aims to Rewild 40 Globally Significant Island Ecosystems from Ridge to Reef by 2030

Island Conservation, Re:wild, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Government of Panama, and the Government of Palau Launch 2030 Island-Ocean Connection Challenge at Our Ocean Conference with $50 Million Secured

Istock photo of smoggy Los Angeles

New Evidence Suggests California’s Environmental Policies Preferentially Protect Whites

Systemic racism could explain why minorities are exposed to more pollution throughout the state

Damage to Oroville Dam spillway, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo: Dale Kolke/Calif. DWR

Climate Change Identified as Contributor to Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Case study of weather triggering the 2017 crisis points to how atmospheric rivers are impacted by global warming

Photo: Rawpixel/iStockPhoto

Variable Precipitation Linked to Rising Infectious Disease among Young Children Worldwide

Global database analysis spotlights higher risk in low-to-middle-income nations

San Francisco skyline during October 2020 wildfire

Exposure to Wildfire Smoke Increased Number of Bay Area COVID Deaths

Review of 2020 health data suggests wildfires made COVID victims more vulnerable

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria (right) meets with UC San Diego students at COP26

Amid Letdowns that Couldn’t Be Overcome by Haggis, Reasons for Hope at COP26

A member of the Scripps Oceanography delegation’s post-event analysis

SOCCOM crew prepare to deploy an Argo float in the Southern Ocean

Climate Change is Making One of the World’s Strongest Currents Flow Faster

A change in the Southern Ocean, the region absorbing the most human-induced warming globally, is detected by new technology

High-Frequency Acoustic Recording Package (HARP) on the deck of R/V Pelican

Dodging Hurricane Ida While Listening to a Changing Gulf

Supercharged storms, marine mammal movements have human influence as a common cause

Photo: Stockmagen/iStockPhoto

First Link between Stillbirths, Birth Complications and Excessive Heat in Lower-income Countries

Researchers call for improvements in early-warning systems

Scripps Receives $2.5 Million to Lead New Coastal Cliff Research

Scientists hope to get better understanding of cliff failures, could lay groundwork for future alert system

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