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More Pollutants Could Remain in Atmosphere With Less Light Rain

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

Aerial view of Millenium Arches in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Huds79/iStock

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. Photo: Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego

Surveys Identify Relationship between Waves, Coastal Cliff Erosion

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

Residents watch downtown San Francisco burn in aftermath of 1906 quake

What Makes an Earthquake a Star?

Scripps Oceanography geophysicist considers what makes some quakes celebrities

A man in front of a series of video screens displaying wildfire information

Eyes on Wildfires

ALERTWildfire camera network reaches 610-camera milestone during season of record fires

Talcahunao, Chile after 2010 tsuanmi. Photo: Peter Burgess EU/ECHO

Unveiling the Accuracy of Tsunami Predictions

New study validates accuracy in predicting the first wave, but weakness in forecasting ‘trailing’ waves

A Scientist’s Life: Jade d’Alpoim Guedes

Archaeologist considers how history can guide society as it deals with climate change

Lake Sonoma. Sonoma Water is a founding member of the Water Affiliates Group.

New Water Affiliates Group Forms at Scripps’ Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

A new membership program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography leverages the latest atmospheric river science to optimize water resource management

Remnants of the Wordie Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula

Satellite Record Gives Unprecedented View of Antarctic Ice Shelf Melt Pattern over 25 Years

New estimates of ice shelf melting around Antarctica since the 1990s show where and when ice has been lost and where meltwater entered the Southern Ocean

Oroville Dam

Researchers Identify Factor Behind 2017 Oroville Dam Spillways Incident

Heavy snowmelt delivered a surge of runoff to Feather River and Lake Oroville

Researcher Sarah Giddings in an estuary.

El Niño Impacts on Southern California Estuaries Reveal Potential for More Frequent Closures

Winter storms in 2015-2016 emphasized vulnerability of estuaries that have natural, intermittent mouth closures, compared to those which stay open throughout the year

Photo of the Week: Scripps in the Sky

Studying atmospheric rivers by flying through them

A New Consequence of Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Changing Weather at the Equator

Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena including a new kind of El Niño

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Air Force, NOAA to Fly into Atmospheric River Storms Over Pacific Ocean this Winter

Weather reconnaissance flights aim to improve forecasts and understanding of atmospheric rivers

High flows in a tributary to Lake Mendocino after the February 2019 atmospheric river. Photo: CW3E

Atmospheric River Storms Create $1 Billion-a-Year Flood Damage

Researchers calculate damages caused by weather phenomenon in the West over 40-year period

Seismic gear deployed on rough California hillside.

UC San Diego at Epicenter of Earthquake Research

Researchers across campus are trying to improve the understanding and detection of earthquakes

The 2017 Thomas Fire. Photo: istockphoto/Carsten Schertzer

Study Bolsters Case that Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

Connection seen to fivefold jump in area burned

Water flows through Oroville Dam spillway, April 2019. Photo: Calif. Dept. of Water Resources

Research Highlight: Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water

Research projects atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation

Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water Resources and Flooding

Research projects that, as other storms decline, atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation

Hand holding sample tube in front of creek

Photo of the Week: Soggy Science

Hitting the field to measure the impact of atmospheric rivers

Atmospheric river hits California. Photo: Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory/ VIIRS satellite.

New Scale to Characterize Strength and Impacts of Atmospheric River Storms

Similar to scales gauging hurricane, wind, or tornado intensity, could aid flood response and water management, especially in the West

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