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Mother Nature Network
Sep 29, 2016
Just last year, NASA was finally able to "see" below the ocean waves in much finer detail than ever before. Instead of using sonar, NASA mapped the ocean floor by examining the shape and gravity fields of the planet, called geodesy. According to the NASA Earth Observatory: "David Sandwell of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Walter Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have spent much of the past 25 years negotiating with military agencies and satellite operators to allow them access to measurements of the Earth’s gravity field and sea surface heights. The result of their efforts is a global data set that tells where the ridges and valleys are by showing where the planet’s gravity field varies.”

USA Today
Sep 29, 2016
Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached a significant symbolic milestone in our atmosphere this month, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said.

National Geographic
Sep 26, 2016
Jeffrey Severinghaus, a paleoclimatologist at Scripps Institution for Oceanography in San Diego, was equally vehement, arguing that the study's result isn't logical: "It's based on a fundamental mistake," he said. "The problematic conclusion doesn't flow from the main meat of the paper."

Sep 23, 2016
We featured the La Jolla leopard sharks here last week, which left some of us (i.e., me) with lots of questions about these amazing creatures. This week, we were lucky enough to get some answers from the expert on the sharks, Dr. Andrew Nosal.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sep 23, 2016
The Defense Department has awarded UC San Diego $29.3 million to upgrade and overhaul the Roger Revelle, a globe-trotting research ship that the school operates on behalf of the Office of Naval Research.

The Scientist
Sep 20, 2016
By Daniel Cartamil, marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and environmental consultant specializing in desalination-related environmental issues. In response to the pressures of climate change, drought, a growing population, and dwindling water supplies, desalinated seawater is poised to become an important source of potable water in California. The state’s first large-scale desalination plant recently started commercial production of 50 million gallons per day of fresh water in the city of Carlsbad, and several additional plants are proposed to be built along the California coast in the coming years. The widespread perception that SIGs eliminate plankton mortality is troubling in view of the lack of evidence supporting this idea.

Pasadena Star-News
Sep 20, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown Monday signed into law a bill imposing what he called the nation’s toughest restrictions on “super pollutants” such as black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. If followed worldwide, these acts would help cut the projected rate of global warming in half by 2050. Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who has been studying climate change for 43 years, said California has “thrown a lifeline” to its people and to the rest of the planet through this legislation. “Cutting down one ton of diesel black carbon emissions will have the same cooling effect as cutting down 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide,” he said on Monday.

Triton Magazine
Sep 15, 2016
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “new ship smell.” It’s an arresting mix of salty air and newly welded steel, glistening paint, freshly oiled wood and layers upon layers of protective plastic shielding brand-new instrumentation. It’s the unmistakable whiff of promise and potential, two things that mark the coming expeditions of UC San Diego’s latest research vessel, the R/V Sally Ride. Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated under charter agreement by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the 238-foot Sally Ride is the latest addition to the U.S. Academic Research Fleet, a collection of ships that conduct experiments across the globe, each of which is a rare privilege among research institutions to operate.

Marine Technology News
Sep 14, 2016
The California coast is lined with 27 offshore oil and gas rigs that can be seen jutting out across the horizon—a reminder of humans’ dependence on fossil fuels. Below the surface, however, these platforms are home to some of the most dynamic ecosystems in the world, harboring everything from mussels and scallops to garibaldi and rockfish. Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson, two alumnae of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, have made it their mission to dive below the surface of these oil and gas platforms to determine the best possible “afterlife” scenario for these complex structures. The two women met in 2013 while taking a scientific diving course at Scripps Oceanography, where both were pursuing Master of Advanced Studies degrees in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 14, 2016
UC San Diego has found evidence that large earthquakes can quickly produce powerful and potentially dangerous aftershocks on nearby faults, an insight that could aid experts planning for how to deal with seismic hazards in California. The discovery is based on the identification of 48 aftershocks that occurred between 2004 and 2015 following quakes in the magnitude 7.0 to 8.0 range. These aftershocks happened on faults adjacent to the ones that generated the main shock — within seconds or minutes of the original quake. In addition, the team from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography made note of a 7.0 earthquake in the Indian Ocean that generated two sizable aftershocks 124 miles away — underscoring how far and fast that stress can be passed from one fault to another.