Credit: Chris Millbern

New Installment of Science Show Launches

“Wavelengths” video series gives inside look at people and science at Scripps Oceanography

PhD candidate Taylor McKie explains how she uses math to understand the world of underwater weather in a new episode of “Wavelengths,” the series exploring science happening at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

“The Math of Water” profiles McKie, an engineer-turned-oceanographer who looks at how the physics happening below the ocean’s surface impacts water density, which influences climate and weather patterns such as rain, drought, and even monsoon storms. The episode will be the first of four released this fall in the program’s third year of production. 

"Taylor's research is so extraordinary, she's able to use a combination of coding and engineering to explore ocean currents," said series host and director, Kate Furby, a Scripps alumna. "Her work is helping us understand and predict weather patterns, and hopefully prepare communities. I love an episode that's not afraid to get into the math in a fun new way."

Other episodes will explore the secret but world-changing lives of Antarctic plankton, the journeys taken by dust across the planet, and the climate-fighting potential of seaweed. Joining Furby, Jeff Hester and Chris Millbern provide videography and additional production of the series. 


Catch up on the rest of the series on YouTube.

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About Scripps Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is one of the world’s most important centers for global earth science research and education. In its second century of discovery, Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet, and investigate our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps offers unparalleled education and training for the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders through its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. The institution also operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels, and is home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center that welcomes 500,000 visitors each year.

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