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New York Times Dot Earth Blog
Feb 02, 2015

A fresh analysis of thousands of temperature measurements from deep-diving Argo ocean probes shows (yet again) that Earth is experiencing “unabated planetary warming” when you factor in the vast amount of greenhouse-trapped heat that ends up in the sea. This is not even close to a new finding, but the new study shows more precisely where most of the heat has been going since 2006 (in the Southern Ocean outside the tropics; see the red splotches in the map below).

Science Careers
Jan 30, 2015

For some scientists, building research teams and designating projects might be a matter of survival. Professor Helen Amanda Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, does research that includes deep-field sample collection, for example in Antarctica. Fricker says everyone in her group eventually has to sit down at a computer and analyze their data, but they do a bit of self-sorting around the data sources. People who aren't polar explorers at heart can work on projects that use satellite data or computer modeling. When people joining Fricker's team specifically ask to collect glaciology data onsite, she tries to accommodate them. However, she says, "The people who do that work need stamina to endure the tough conditions and the work hours."

Orange County Register
Jan 30, 2015

We already knew that for the planet, last year was a record breaker for heat. But now we also know that last year was the hottest ever in Orange County. That high-pressure ridge is blamed for the lowest three-year rainfall average in the county’s history, made dust fields in the Central Valley and caused snowpack in the Sierra Nevada to plunge to 12 percent of the long-term average.  “If you reduce your cloudiness, then you see an increase in temperature,” said Rachel Schwartz, a doctoral candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who studies the relationship between sea surface temperatures and coastal clouds.

Jan 29, 2015

Heat waves have grown more common in the last 40 years, and that trend’s happening fastest in cities, according to a new study out today in the journal Environmental Research Letters. In California, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the Office of Emergency Health Hazard Assessment have found that hotter nights are the best predictor of heat-related illness and death.

The Guardian
Jan 29, 2015

Past climate events provide informative case studies for understanding what is currently happening to the modern climate system. For this research, marine sediment core records across the Pacific Ocean were used to reconstruct the subsurface “footprint” of dissolved oxygen loss during abrupt global climate warming. I asked Dr Lisa A Levin, Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for her perspective on climate-influenced oxygen changes. She told me, "It is important that oxygen appears on our ‘radar screen’ as we look into the future, for oxygen loss in the ocean exerts critical control on the numbers, types and distributions of fish and shellfish that we harvest. By understanding the coupling in the past between the global climate system and oxygen in the ocean we are better prepared to adapt human activities to future changes in oxygenation."

Los Angeles Times
Jan 29, 2015

As the climate warms in coming decades, scientists say, the state's mountain snowpack could shrink by a third. By the end of the century, more than half of what functions as a huge natural reservoir could disappear. With climate change, "there could be more water coming off in the winter period than the present system is equipped to handle," said Dan Cayan, a climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He added that a 1-degree Fahrenheit temperature rise since the 1950s already has cost California and the West 5% to 10% of the spring snowpack.

NBC News
Jan 28, 2015

As doctors and health specialists urge us to eat more fish, environmentalists are warning that we may end up harvesting our favorite sea life to the brink and beyond. Some of the most popular varieties have already begun to decline precipitously, experts say. And that's with Americans eating less than half of what the U.S. government's dietary guidelines suggest. While fish farming might seem to offer the perfect solution to the overharvesting problem, in its current state, it's deeply flawed from a sustainability standpoint, says Theresa Sinicrope Talley, a coastal specialist with the California Sea Grant Extension Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. That's due to the food most fish farmers are feeding their stock: other fish.

Daily Mail
Jan 28, 2015

Now, 40 researchers aboard ships in the Tasman Sea are trying to unlock the mystery of the 1,000ft (305 metre) waves, by measuring how they travel, how their energy is dissipated and the benefits they may bring.
Jan 27, 2015

“The wavelength between crests is about 100 miles, and they’re moving at jogging speed,” said Robert Pinkel, professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. “Imagine looking at the rolling hills of Kentucky and suddenly noticing that they’re all kind of jogging towards each other, well, if you put on magic glasses and looked at the ocean, that’s what you’d see.”

The Conversation
Jan 23, 2015

By: Andrew Frederick Johnson, Postdoctoral Researcher of Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. We know that fishing has significant impacts on our oceans and the animals that live in them. Effects can range from habitat modification caused by bottom trawls, stock declines from overfishing or subtler consequences such as shifts in the structure and functioning of marine food webs. Although such effects are ubiquitous and happen across many different marine systems, the difficulty of producing a standardized way of measuring them has often stymied scientists. Recently a team from the Gulf of California Marine Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography decided to tackle this problem of gauging health in marine systems. Their goal was to develop a simple model that could easily evaluate the health of reefs, and in turn guide decisions on the potential effects of ocean protection.