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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct 27, 2016
A $2.5 million donation to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography will expand its expertise in countering the effects of climate change, furthering the legacy of former Scripps director Edward Frieman.

San Diego Reader
Oct 26, 2016
Named for Sally Ride, the first American woman in space as part of the space shuttle Challenger crew and member of UCSD’s faculty, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s new research vessel, Sally Ride, will be open to the public from noon until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30. The ship will be tethered to the Broadway Pier downtown.

Huffington Post
Oct 25, 2016
Last year’s average carbon dioxide concentration crossed a major milestone and will likely stay at or above that level for several generations, the World Meteorological Organization announced Monday. The report follows recent findings that CO2 concentrations last month remained above 400 ppm for the entire month of September, when levels are usually at their lowest following months of spring and summer plant growth absorbing emissions. “[I]t already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year ― or ever again for the indefinite future,” scientist Ralph Keeling, who runs Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s carbon dioxide monitoring program, wrote in a blog post following the September findings.

Huffington Post
Oct 20, 2016
The Philippines suffered its second major storm in a week as Super Typhoon Haima made landfall Wednesday, reportedly destroying or damaging nearly every home in Tuguegarao City, a northeastern city of about 153,000 people. “Strong storms generate intense mixing in the upper ocean, cooling the surface layer while warming the subsurface,” Wei Mei, a climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, told The Sydney Morning Herald last year. “Thus the net effect of the storm passage is to pump heat downward from the surface to the subsurface ocean.”

Inside Science
Oct 19, 2016
Andrew Mullen, Ph.D student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been around the ocean his whole life. He grew up along the California coast, surfing waves, soaking up the sun and living the dream. Studying the ocean is his passion. “In the marine environment, there’s a lot of really small scale processes that affect large ecosystems. For example, coral reefs, while they can extend hundreds or thousands of miles, they’re built by individual coral polyps that are around a millimeter in size,” said Mullen. To help get a better, up-close look at tiny sea life -- but without disturbing this delicate underwater world -- he developed a new underwater microscope that brings the lab to the ocean.

Scientific American
Oct 19, 2016
By Robert Wilder and Daniel M. Kammen. If we do not plan, now, to limit carbon emissions beyond this century, we will foolishly raise the oceans dramatically for thousands of years. It’s shocking for me (Robert) to accept that my home could be wiped out by greatly rising seas. That’s because I live on a hill north of San Diego, 45 feet above sea level and more than a mile inland from the coast. At the rate the world is going, land so dear to our hearts could slip under the sea and stay there for thousands of years. Robert Wilder is a member emeritus of the Director’s Council at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and a Fulbright Specialist.

Oct 19, 2016
A US National Science Foundation programme to help geoscientists handle ever-increasing amounts of data is facing a mid-life crisis. Called EarthCube, the five-year-old geoinformatics effort was conceived as a game-changer: it would put obscure data online, link and enrich existing databases across disciplines and develop software tools for scientists. But in March, an external advisory panel warned that EarthCube still lacked a clear definition and might not be sustainable. The project’s leaders have been working to overhaul it, and by the end of this month they aim to release what could be a make-or-break plan for the US$13-million programme. EarthCube is the broadest effort yet to bring US geoscience into the modern data era. Some fields are more up to date than others, says Catherine Constable, a palaeomagnetist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who co-led the recent review.

La Jolla Light
Oct 19, 2016
A new Birch Aquarium exhibit, opening Friday, Oct. 28, will transport visitors to the inside of R/V Sally Ride, the latest research vessel Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC san Diego, is launching into its fleet. Featuring a 33-foot projected tryptic, an augmented reality interactive sandbox, and a wall of wonders among other elements, the exhibit promises an experience that will change some minds about ocean science. Titled, “Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery” it is the first of three exhibits opening inside the aquarium under the category “The Expedition.” Birch Aquarium director Harry Helling explained, “In this gallery we are trying new types of exhibits that will try to capture what it’s like to be on an expedition.”

Scientific American
Oct 18, 2016
A fleet of robots, trolling the oceans and measuring their heat content, has revolutionized scientists’ ability to study how climate change is affecting the seas. Now the aquatic machines called Argo floats are going into the deepest ocean abyss. “Argo has made this line of research more comprehensive than it could have ever been with historic data sets,” said Dean Roemmich, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Roemmich, who led the original design team, said Argo has expanded global knowledge of the oceans almost uniformly around the globe.

Sonoma Valley Sun
Oct 15, 2016
Last year’s El Niño turned out to have less impact on California than expected — the forecast for much higher rainfall did not come to pass, though precipitation totals achieved nearly normal levels and reservoirs in Northern California refilled. Now we are entering a period climate scientists call La Niña. As it pertains to California, the effects of La Niña this winter could be significant. According to the Climate Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, forecaster Dave Pierce said, “I would be concerned about the drought continuing.”