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This Week @ UC San Diego
Jan 30, 2014

Unique outreach program places Scripps students in diverse classrooms across San Diego County.

Jan 29, 2014

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill showed scientists that they need to get better at landing funding for on-the-ground research sooner after environmental disasters, so they can better measure its impact, participants at a national scientific conference on the spill said Wednesday.  Panelists at the conference, being held in Mobile, Ala., said they also need to create a better way for academic scientists, government agencies and oil and gas industry officials to work together. Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, discussed the Hercules well that blew out in July southwest of Grand Isle, and how time-sensitive data was quickly tracked and studied in part by deploying 21 GPS surface drifters that monitored oil movement and helped guide sampling efforts. “It was a great example that groups can rapidly respond and use what we’ve learned,” she said.

Jan 28, 2014

An international effort is needed to restore an early-warning system for the vast warming of the Pacific Ocean that leads to extreme weather worldwide. Budget pressures are understandable, and difficult funding decisions are made every day at agencies such as NOAA. But there can be no doubt that the decision to cut the costs of array maintenance was a mistake. The question now is what to do about it. To discuss potential solutions, a group of researchers from around the world is meeting this week at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

New Scientist
Jan 28, 2014

Water is running low in California.

The Star Online
Jan 27, 2014

Warming sea temperatures and ocean acidification put the millions around the world who rely on the sea, at risk.
Jan 26, 2014

Consumer prices in Venice are following the sinking city’s downward trajectory, and costume maker Stefano Nicolao says it’s just another symptom of the debilitating economic environment.

Jan 26, 2014

Scientists have offered numerous explanations for the recent slowdown in global surface warming. Now, one study suggests that tropical trade winds may hold the answer. As they report in Nature Climate Change, an international research team — led by Matthew England of the University of New South Wales in Sydney — have pointed to a pattern of unusually strong trade winds over the Pacific Ocean as the cause of the cooling. Writing in the journal Nature in 2013, Yu Kosaka and Shang-Ping Xie of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, pointed to yet more evidence that global cooling originates in the Pacific. By feeding a climate model with eastern Pacific sea surface temperature data taken over several recent decades, they were able to bring model simulations in line with observations, such that the model recreated the recent hiatus.

Nature World News
Jan 25, 2014

Los Angeles is especially vulnerable to any major earthquake that may take place south of the city of almost 4 million, a new method of constructing virtual earthquakes determined.

Los Angeles Times
Jan 24, 2014

Now scientists at Stanford University and MIT have figured out a way to use ocean waves to simulate the ground motion that occurs in real earthquakes -- and they’ve confirmed that Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to a large quake along the southern San Andreas Fault. When "the big one" hits, it could create shaking in Los Angeles that’s three times stronger than in surrounding areas, the team reported in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. That’s because the city sits atop a soft sedimentary basin, they said. The “virtual earthquake” technique is being used to better understand the effect of shaking on cities that have not had a large earthquake in recent years, said Marine Denolle, lead author of the Science study. Other cities resting atop sedimentary basins include Tokyo and Mexico City, said Denolle, who is now continuing her research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Science Daily
Jan 23, 2014

Stanford scientists are using weak vibrations generated by the Earth's oceans to produce "virtual earthquakes" that can be used to predict the ground movement and shaking hazard to buildings from real quakes.