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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

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

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