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The Antarctic Sun
Jan 09, 2015

The most ambitious and extensive network of seismographs ever deployed on an ice shelf promises to reveal new information about two very different subjects. One team of scientists hopes to learn more about the structure and flexibility of the ice shelf itself in response to different types of ocean-wave energy. Meanwhile, the ice shelf serves as an opportune platform from which a second group of researchers will investigate the structure of the deep earth. Peter Bromirski, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the PI of the other project, is enthusiastic about the possible discoveries to be made about the proverbial nuts and bolts of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) – how the world’s largest ice shelf responds and flexes to the various types of swells and waves that roll across its 800-kilometer-wide front.
Jan 08, 2015

Matthew Alford, a professor of oceanography with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, said some of the world’s most spectacular internal tides had lured about 40 of the world’s top ocean scientists to waters east of Tasmania.

ABC Online
Jan 08, 2015

Dr Matthew Alford, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, said Hobart was chosen as the final port to prepare for the ground breaking 10-week Tasman Tides voyage.

Jan 08, 2015

There's a new resident at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. An injured loggerhead turtle that was discovered in New Jersey has just made its debut. In this Earth 8 video story, Natasha Stenbock has more

Jan 07, 2015

“I’m not at all surprised,” said Richard Somerville, a distinguished professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Somerville is attending this week the 95th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix.

Jan 06, 2015

An injured sea turtle rescued on the East Coast received a happy ending, thanks to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The Daily Transcript
Jan 06, 2015

San Diego County supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to establish a framework — including the drafting of state legislation — to promote public access to freshly caught seafood at fishermen’s markets. The county began its involvement in the markets last year when an initiative by Supervisor Greg Cox was approved as part of the county's Live Well San Diego program. Many groups were involved in creating the framework, he said: representatives from the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, commercial fishing fleets, aquaculturists, The Maritime Alliance, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the San Diego County Farm Bureau and county staff.

Live Science
Jan 05, 2015

Two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans. The U.S. National Science Foundation has commissioned the Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq, while the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) ship, dubbed Neil Armstrong, will begin science operations late next year, said ocean researchers. An identical ship, the R/V Sally Ride, named after the first American female astronaut, is being commissioned by the Navy and will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, likely starting in 2016, Munier said.

The Boston Globe
Dec 31, 2014

Luca Centurioni, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who measures currents around the world, said it would not be surprising for the floating debris to have drifted 60 miles since Sunday morning, especially in unsettled weather. “The currents are not terribly strong,” he said in a telephone interview, “but the waves can be big and the wind can push objects quite a bit.”

Scientific American
Dec 30, 2014

For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. There, the effects of global warming bite into fisheries, ecosystems and ice. But those effects are largely imperceptible to humans—as invisible to a landlubber as an albatross chomping on a baited hook at the end of a long line. “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming,” Sarah Gille, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego professor, said when we spoke with her earlier this year. “Extra heat means extra sea level rise, since warmer water is less dense, so a warmer ocean expands.” As seas continue to swell, flooding cities and infrastructure, they’re also going to continue to become more acidic.