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EurekAlert!
Apr 21, 2014

A team of scientists has successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using radiometric krypton dating – a new technique that may allow them to locate and date ice that is more than a million years old. The research team included Daniel Baggenstos and Jeffrey Severinghaus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Climate Central
Apr 21, 2014

April will be the first time in human history where levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide were higher than 400 parts per million for an entire month, one scientist who monitors the levels said. And they could stay above that mark into July. The ups and downs of the cycle are seen as smaller wiggles in the overall rise of carbon dioxide over the past half-century as measured at Mauna Loa — the iconic Keeling Curve by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Los Angeles Times
Apr 20, 2014

"How foolish can you be? It's the same fatal error being repeated all over the Southwest — there is no new water," said Tim Barnett, a marine physicist at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and coauthor of two reports about dwindling Western water resources. His research concluded that without massive cutbacks in water use, Lake Mead had a 50% chance of deteriorating to "dead pool" by 2036. That's the level at which the reservoir's surface drops beneath Las Vegas' lowest water intake.


CNET
Apr 20, 2014

For years, the BentProp Project has searched the seas off Palau for missing planes shot down by the Japanese. Now the group has access to the latest oceanographic technology, which it used to find two aircraft lost for 70 years. "All right, let's go find us an airplane." As Eric Terrill, director of the Coastal Observing and Research Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, spoke on a perfect afternoon late last month, a bright yellow torpedo-shaped robotic vehicle began diving below the surface of the warm Pacific Ocean waters nearby. Known as a remote environmental sampling unit, or Remus, it's a 5-foot-long, 81-pound autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), a $300,000 package of sensors, cameras, electronics, and other gear designed to survey the ocean.
 


U-T San Diego
Apr 19, 2014

For nearly two decades, Jeff Severinghaus has unearthed time capsules buried in polar ice. They chronicle past epochs of Earth’s history, record ice ages and act as thermometers of the prehistoric sea. The objects of Severinghaus’ exploration are tiny vaults of fresh air, preserved for thousands of years in some of the oldest ice on the planet. “What we get is, ultimately, a record of past atmospheric gas concentration and temperature on the same time scale. You can’t get that from tree rings or ocean sediment samples,” said Severinghaus, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


U-T San Diego
Apr 17, 2014

In a wholly unique egg hunt, Birch Aquarium’s intrepid scavenger hunters will spot plastic eggs in various critter tanks. Also planned are multiple hands-on craft, activity and learning stations.


National Geographic
Apr 14, 2014

Tony Haymet, former director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has heard hundreds of ocean cleanup plans. Late at night, over many beers, he's come up with a few dozen of his own. None of them, he says, has seemed likely to work.


The UCSD Guardian
Apr 14, 2014

UCSD is taking part in the Intelligent Charging Project initiated by the California Energy Commission to test run electric cars and “smart” chargers over the next three years with a pilot population of 40 faculty, staff and students. The project was launched on Wednesday, April 9, with an event at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego attended by representatives from UCSD, German multinational automotive corporation Daimler AG, the San Diego Gas and Electric Utility, the California Energy Commission and second largest German utility RWE Effizienz GmbH.
 


The New York Times
Apr 14, 2014

On April 14, officials said an autonomous underwater vehicle will be deployed to map the ocean floor in the area where four "pings" that could be from the plane's flight recorders were detected by an Australian vessel. Each of the vehicle’s missions will take one day to complete and will cover an area of about 15 square miles of seabed.


U-T San Diego
Apr 13, 2014

If you toss a dart at a map of the world, there’s a good chance it’ll land in a region where scientists from San Diego County will do research this summer. Gabi Laske, seismologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will visit the waters off Southern California to install an ocean-bottom seismometer, which is part of the state’s emerging earthquake early-warning system. Andrew Lucas, oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will lead an expedition to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean, where scientists are trying to better understand how the ocean affects the development and timing of regional monsoons.