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U.S. Air Force Reserves "Hurricane Hunters" fly atmospheric rivers

Atmospheric River Storm Observations over Pacific Ocean to Expand This Winter

Filling data gaps will improve precipitation forecasts for western states

Outfall from San Antonio de los Buenos sewage treatment plant at Punta Banderas, Mexico

U.S.-Mexico Border Wastewater Transport Model Suggests Solutions to Reduce Coastal Contamination

Researchers model a variety of border sewage treatment scenarios, finding the best solution that provides greatest safety to the health of beachgoers

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

The La Palma eruption plume. Photo by James Day.

On the ground at the La Palma eruption

Scripps geologist James Day writes about returning to the volcanic island where he did research for his PhD

Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier

UC San Diego Works to Mitigate Possible Oil Impacts from Spill off Huntington Beach

Mitigation measures under way at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium to protect marine organisms while oceanographers assist in wind and current forecasts

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

A wave glider in the ocean

NOAA Awards More Than $7 million for California Ocean Observing

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System at Scripps Oceanography among nationwide research groups awarded

Natalie Grayson portrait

Scripps Student Spotlight: Natalie Grayson

A PhD student researches how pollutants including DDT affect marine microorganisms

Prado Dam overview

Water Supply Reliability Expected to Improve at Southern California’s Prado Dam

New trial for using advanced weather forecasts to retain more water proves successful

Researchers use Remotely Operated Vehicle SuBastian to collect sediment push cores and collect video footage, data that will assess how this stretch of deep sea is responding to DDT.

Scientists Explore Mineral-Rich Seafloor, DDT Dump Sites; Discover Methane Seep, Whale Fall

Exploratory dives off California coast in waste dumping grounds and areas of potential mining will advance understanding of human impacts on deep-sea ecosystem

Deployment of phased array Doppler sonar (PADS) unit

Researchers Observe Potential Impacts of Seafloor Mining

Team uses field data to create a model to show behavior of sediment plumes

Africa's Sahel region has endured devastating droughts in the past half-century. Photo: IAEA

Simulation Points Out Possibilities and Pitfalls of Regional Geoengineering Schemes

Model demonstrates that ending drought in one African region reduces rainfall in another

Camp Pendleton fire, 2014

Expert Team Issues Report on Regional Responses to Climate Change

Coordination needed to build resilience

Photo: toa55

If Countries Implement Paris Pledges with Cuts to Aerosols, Millions of Lives can be Saved

Strategic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution can reap major health benefits

Downtown Los Angeles rush hour. Photo: lazyday

Dual Impacts of Extreme Heat, Ozone Disproportionately Hurt Poorer Areas

A frequent combination on hot days, high temperatures and ozone disproportionately affect low-income ZIP codes, researchers find

Feet of a Buddha statue in water

How an Unusually Warm Indian Ocean Caused Flooding on Yangtze River

Climate modelers unravel a mystery with a surprising connection to Australian bushfires and African locust swarms.

Two people sitting on a bench in smoky air overlooking Hollywood sign.

Fine Particulate Matter from Wildfire Smoke More Harmful Than Pollution from Other Sources

Researchers call for revisions to air-quality monitoring guidelines to consider the sources of emissions

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Joins Multicampus Initiative on Coastal Resilience and Climate Adaptation

UC-funded initiative will bring together researchers at the San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara campuses to address pressing issues for California’s coastal communities

Paul Crutzen

Paul Crutzen: 1933-2021

Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist coined term ‘Anthropocene’ to describe humanity’s impact on natural systems

More Pollutants Could Remain in Atmosphere With Less Light Rain

New study shows effects of rainfall on pollutants vary by the severity of precipitation

Study Says Urban Design Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19, Other Infectious Diseases

Neighborhood-level data can help make urban geography a key forecast tool during outbreaks, researchers say

Erosion monitoring, Torrey Pines State Beach.

Surveys Identify Relationship between Waves, Coastal Cliff Erosion

Study shows waves, rainfall important parts of erosion process, providing new opportunity to improve forecasts

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