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This ARM Mobile Facility—a series of containers outfitted with sophisticated atmospheric and meteorological sampling equipment—will operate from February 2023 to February 2024 in La Jolla, California, as part of the Eastern Pacific Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (EPCAPE). The EPCAPE campaign will explore aerosol indirect effects on stratocumulus clouds to help improve their representation in earth system models. Researchers will also investigate how pollution from the nearby Los Angeles metropolitan

Scripps Pier, UC San Diego Mount Soledad Facility to Host Coastal Marine Cloud Study

Year-long field campaign launches Feb. 15 to study the marine clouds that shade and cool the earth

Solitary zooid of Salpa thompsoni releases a chain of buds (blastozooids). Photo: Mike Stukel, Florida State University

SalpPOOP Study Highlights Biogeochemical Importance of Zooplankton Fecal Pellets

Blooms of marine organisms transfer loads of atmospheric carbon into the deep ocean

A visualization from space of the “Godzilla” dust storm on June 18, 2020, when desert dust traveled from the Sahara to North America. A UCLA-led study finds that an increase in microscopic dust in the atmosphere has concealed the full extent of greenhouse gases’ potential for warming the planet. Image:   NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Increased Atmospheric Dust has Masked Power of Greenhouse Gases to Warm Planet

Study finds increasing levels of dust likely had cooling effect that slowed global warming, which could speed up if dust stops increasing

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

Children collect water at a camp in Dadaab, Kenya

Climate Change Exacerbating Gastrointestinal Problems in Children

Extreme weather events associated with diarrhea-related illness, death

California aqueduct next to almond farms

Scripps Climate Program Renewed with New Focus on Adaptation

$5 million in NOAA funding will support California Nevada Adaptation Program

A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron sits on the flightline prior to an atmospheric river mission Jan. 28, 2020 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Hurricane Hunters performed “AR recon” from January through March 2020.

Atmospheric River Reconnaissance Flight Season Gets an Early Start this Winter

Air Force and NOAA aircraft collecting data over the Pacific from November to March

Researchers collect a sediment core from a mangrove forest

Scientists Dig into Sediments for Clues on Carbon Storage

From San Diego to the Galapagos Islands and beyond, Scripps Oceanography researchers are revealing the mysteries of carbon sequestration in aquatic ecosystems

Options for relocating measurement equipment being explored

Historic Keeling Curve Observation Interrupted by Volcanic Eruption

Options for relocating measurement equipment being explored

Deployment of a buoy by the Global Drifter Program

Study of Ocean Currents Reveal Intensification of Tropical Cyclones Around the World

Researchers use Scripps-developed ocean drifter data to spot 30-year trend

Ocean Pavilion Opening Ceremony at COP27

The Ocean Pavilion Announces Schedule of Events for COP27

Pavilion bringing world leaders in ocean science, engineering, and policy together to highlight ocean’s enormous role in climate

Kilauea volcano, June 12, 2018. Modified satellite data processed by Pierre Markuse

Clarity about Key Climate Dynamic Creates More Pressure to Rein in Global Temperature Increase

Role of carbon dioxide in heating planet unmasked, forcing new projections of how warm things can get

A COP27 flasg waves in front of a blue cloudy sky.

Meet the UC San Diego Delegates Headed to Egypt for UN Climate Conference

Students and faculty from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and School of Global Policy and Strategy prepare to attend COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

 Isabel Rivera-Collazo in the field in Puerto Rico

Scripps Launches Two Projects on the Impact of Climate Change on Coastlines and People

National Science Foundation grants support research hubs in Southern California and Puerto Rico

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

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