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KPBS
Mar 21, 2017
A Tuesday morning update from the KPBS Drought Tracker puts California's statewide rainfall at 167 percent of normal for the entire wet season. It'll need to reach 184 to break the record set on April 1st, 1983. "We're near the record that was set in '82-'83 at this time of year," said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate researcher David Pierce, who helped compile data for the KPBS Drought Tracker. "It remains to be seen whether we break that record or not," he said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mar 16, 2017
Trump’s budget released Thursday slashes funding for marine and climate change research — two things San Diego prides itself on.

NBC 7 San Diego
Mar 10, 2017
There is a room in La Jolla few people ever get a chance to see. It's not open to the public, which means the two million dead fish carefully stored inside are mostly for an audience of two. Ben Frable is the collection's manager. Dr. Phil Hastings is the currator of the marine invertebrate collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. "It's really quite a fascinating job," said Hastings. "I have one of the best jobs in the world.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mar 10, 2017
UC San Diego may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data due to growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work.

KPBS
Mar 10, 2017
In a break from the stormy weather we've been seeing lately, San Diego is currently back to being sunny and warm. But an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows this wet season is still shaping up to be a record-breaker for California. "The snowpack is getting very close to 200 percent of normal for the central and southern Sierra," said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate researcher David Pierce, who helped compile this data.

Science Magazine
Mar 09, 2017
Penny Chisholm has found hidden complexity within Prochlorococcus, a cyanobacterium that is the smallest, most abundant photosynthesizing cell in the ocean—responsible for 5% of global photosynthesis, by some estimates. Its many different versions, or ecotypes, thrive from the sunlit sea surface to a depth of 200 meters, where light is minimal. As an undergrad, she explored the chemistry of lakes, and—after a professor pushed her—decided to pursue a Ph.D. At the State University of New York in Albany, she studied the 24-hour variation in nutrient cycling in Euglena, a single-cell photosynthesizer like Prochlorococcus, but found in freshwater. She next went to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in California, for a very practical reason—there was more funding for marine microbial ecology than for freshwater.

Los Angeles Times
Mar 09, 2017
The discovery of missing links between earthquake faults shows how a magnitude 7.4 earthquake could rupture in the same temblor underneath Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, a new study finds. But to get to a 7.4, the earthquake would not only have to again rupture the Newport-Inglewood fault in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The temblor would also have to jolt the adjacent Rose Canyon fault system, which runs all the way through downtown San Diego and hasn’t ruptured since roughly 1650. “These two fault zones are actually one continuous fault zone,” said Valerie Sahakian, the study’s lead author, who wrote it while working on her doctorate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

KCET
Mar 08, 2017
A longer more dangerous fault system. The Newport –Inglewood fault that triggered the Long Beach quake is 46 miles long. But seismologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in La Jolla have recently discovered it’s actually a lot longer. That’s because they have found that the Rose Canyon fault off the coast of San Diego is part of the same system. This longer fault system runs from south of San Diego to Los Angeles. Seismologist say the Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon fault could produce a 7.4 quake. That is more powerful than previously believed.

CW6 San Diego
Mar 08, 2017
At the South Pole the view, the air, the wind and the vast plains are all like being on a different planet. “It’s as hot as 20 degrees and cold as minus 25,” Peter Bromirski, a researcher with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, spends 5 weeks at a time near the Earth’s southernmost point. His team, many from Scripps Institution of Oceanography are measuring the frequency and strength of vibrations within the Ross Ice Shelf. That’s Antarctica’s largest and most stable ice shelf. Glenn McClure is a composer who traveled with Bromirski’s team, capturing the sounds of their research, “my job is to give the ice a true voice by translating the numbers into music.”

USA Today
Mar 08, 2017
Southern California could be in for some serious shaking.Scientists uncovered a newly identified fault line that could unleash a magnitude-7.4 earthquake in the region, which other researchers say is already long overdue for a whopper of a temblor along the infamous San Andreas fault. In the first study, the newly identified fault line is mostly offshore but never more than four miles from the San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles County coast, said study lead author Valerie Sahakian, formerly of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and now with the U.S. Geological Survey.