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The New York Times
Feb 08, 2015

Even though the camera and the instrument to measure planetary radiation no longer have top billing, Francisco P. J. Valero, the scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who proposed them, thinks the L1 observations will still revolutionize the field. In addition to delivering colorful photographs, the camera will track the movement of ozone, dust and other aspects of the atmosphere.


San Diego Community News Group
Feb 06, 2015

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series by science writer Judith Garfiield detailing her recent work on the effects of biofuel emissions on the environment and on our health. The cruise around California's Channel Islands, about 180 miles northwest of San Diego, was conducted by La Jolla's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Discovery News
Feb 06, 2015

Oceanographer Rob Pinkel unpacked crates of scientific instruments this week aboard the 272-foot research vessel Falkor while docked in the port of Hobart, on the island of Tasmania. He checked the weather and made preparations along with several dozen other scientific crew members to hunt for an elusive ocean phenomenon, massive “internal waves” that are born on the tidal straits of New Zealand, chug across the Tasman Sea, and bounce off the coastline of Tasmania.


Discovery News
Feb 05, 2015

Tiny liquid-filled capsules could temporarily capture excess carbon dioxide from power plants or factories before it gets into the atmosphere. Developed by a team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the microcapsules — just .5 mm in diameter — could help reduce the build up of an atmospheric gas that's at an all-time high. In January, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, which measures CO2 levels every day from an observatory on Mauna Loa in Hawaii, reported that the first few days of 2015 averaged above 400 parts per million. The 400 mark was first passed on May 9, 2013; prior to the industrial revolution, those CO2 concentrations were around 280 ppm.


The New Zealand Herald
Feb 04, 2015

One of the world's leading oceanographers, Professor Dean Roemmich of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, has been basing himself at Wellington over the summer to analyse data being gathered by the global network of 3750 Argo floats.


U-T San Diego
Feb 03, 2015

As Californians wait expectantly for rain, Scripps scientists are flying through storms to find out what causes downfalls. The researchers, with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Department of Energy, and NASA, are exploring how atmospheric rivers – vast currents of airborne water that sweep across the Pacific – generate snowfall that feeds California’s water system. A single atmospheric river can carry 25 times as much water as the Mississippi River, said Marty Ralph, a Scripps atmospheric researcher and director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes. “It’s unbelievably fun” said Kim Prather, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego and a lead researcher on the CalWater project. “It’s really neat to be able to fly through these storms and clouds. You can physically measure in real time what’s inside the cloud.”


Sydney Morning Herald
Feb 03, 2015

The world's oceans are heating at the rate of two trillion 100-watt light bulbs burning continuously, providing a clear signal of global warming, according to new study assessing data from a global fleet of drifting floats. The research, published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change, used data collected from the array of about 3500 Argo buoys from 2006-13 to show temperatures were warming at about 0.005 degrees a year down to a depth of 500 metres and 0.002 degrees between 500-2000 metres. The Nature study was led by Dean Roemmich of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Capital Public Radio
Feb 03, 2015

“If they don’t have the little particles in the air for the cloud droplets to initially grow on, or to take the cloud drops and turn them into ice, all that water vapor – much of it is going to go right past us and we’re not going to receive the benefit of that,” says Marty Ralph with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


NPR
Feb 02, 2015

"Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make."


Los Angeles Times
Feb 02, 2015

The dry January was the topic of discussion Monday at a meeting held by the Sonoma County Water Agency, which provides drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin counties -- relying exclusively on rainfall captured in two reservoirs. The snowpack, paltry as it is, has no impact on Lake Mendocino and the larger Lake Sonoma to the southwest. And although the atmospheric river that brought drenching rains in December was a blessing, little has happened since. To better plan and hold on to crucial supplies, the agency has been working closely with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, as well as the state Department of Water Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to better predict when an atmospheric river is--or isn’t--coming.