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New Historian
Feb 17, 2017
However, a new research study by an international team of scientists from the University of California San Diego, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University says there’s no evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field is in danger. In fact, they say that they’ve uncovered fluctuations to the field dating back several thousand years.

Feb 16, 2017
New seismic research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography examines the earthquake and tsunami threats to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station site, where nuclear waste will be stored indefinitely

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb 16, 2017
A community panel advising Southern California Edison on the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant will hear about seismic design and research tonight. Neal Driscoll of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will discuss the latest earthquake and tsunami risks for the site of the failed power plant, where majority owner Edison plans to store more than 100 steel-lined concrete canisters with 3.6 million pounds of radioactive nuclear waste. According to Driscoll, the nuclear site is 57 miles from the San Andreas Fault and is much closer to local seismic locations — notably, it’s within five miles of the the Newport-Inglewood-Rose Canyon Fault, also known as the Southern California Offshore Zone of Deformation.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb 16, 2017
“Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Science” pairs scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with local artists (except one from the Bay Area) to visually portray the effects of our changing climate. The result is a collection of work from 11 artists in a range of styles, including sculpture, mosaic and photography. Each piece comes with two panels of text — one from the artist and one from a scientist.

Sacramento Bee
Feb 16, 2017
The Oroville Dam crisis was about infrastructure. The scare this week stemmed from rickety spillways, not dam management. The installation of a new spillway at Folsom this year has triggered an update, finally, to its manual. Oroville’s problems, and ensuing repairs, could eventually mean a new and improved manual for it, too. But this job shouldn’t be done piecemeal. These manuals should all be overhauled, and advances in forecasting should be made part of the equation, so that operators have more flexibility in determining water levels. A great pilot project in Sonoma County – a joint effort among state, federal and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego water experts – is already showing how forecasting can inform reservoir operations. It’s time to take California’s water future out of the past.

La Jolla Light
Feb 15, 2017
The expansion and renovation of the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fisheries building on the north side of the Scripps campus — aka Building “B” — attracted the attention of the community during the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) meeting, Feb. 8. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Marine Sciences, Steven Gallagher, presented the project in front of an attentive room. “We are hoping to get you a sensitive proposal here, get your feedback and move forward with construction in the facility in the fall,” he said, adding that SIO personnel had been especially careful when planning the impacts on the view corridor from La Jolla Shores Drive.

Science Daily
Feb 14, 2017
A new study published in PNAS from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and University of California San Diego researchers finds there is no reason for alarm: Earth's geomagnetic field has been undulating for thousands of years. Data obtained from the analysis of well-dated Judean jar handles provide information on changes in the strength of the geomagnetic field between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE, indicating a fluctuating field that peaked during the 8th century BCE. To accurately measure the geomagnetic intensity, the researchers conducted experiments at the Paleomagnetic Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, using laboratory-built paleomagnetic ovens and a superconducting magnetometer.

The New York Times
Feb 14, 2017
In a paper published on Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of scientists examined 67 jar handles collected from excavations of Judah, an Iron Age kingdom encompassing the region around Jerusalem between the eighth and second centuries B.C. Embedded in these handles, scientists say, are records of how the magnetic field rose and fell during those centuries. At Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, small chips from the jars were heated and cooled in a magnetic field to deduce the strength of the field when the jars were first made.

Los Angeles Times
Feb 14, 2017
El Niño may not have brought much rain to Southern California, but it did take its toll on the Golden State’s beaches. A new study of the waves, water levels and coastal changes at 29 beaches across California, Oregon and Washington has found that the 2015-16 El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across much of the West Coast. The problem with such extreme erosion is that there’s very little chance the summertime waves can deposit enough sand to make up the loss.This situation is one that’s been long in the making, said Robert Guza, a physical oceanographer at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography who was not involved in the study. “Southern California, we love to build in river floodplains and then say, ‘Holy crap, it flooded,’” Guza said. “Then we dam the rivers for flood control and say, ‘Holy crap, the sand’s not getting to the beaches anymore.’”

The Washington Post
Feb 13, 2017
Scientists have discovered the presence of chemical pollutants in some of the ocean’s deepest trenches, previously thought to be nearly untouched by human influence. In fact, they’ve found levels of contamination in some marine organisms living there that rival some of the most polluted waterways on the planet. Just last year, a study conducted by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggested that certain organic pollutants, including PCBs and PBDEs, are widespread in fish throughout the world.