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Scientific American
Oct 15, 2016
For the first time in more than 80 years, the Maud is floating above the sea surface. The sturdy oak ship, made to withstand Arctic winters stuck in pack ice, was originally built for the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, the first human to arrive at the South Pole. In 1930, the ship sank in shallow water off the coast of Cambridge Bay, in northern Canada's remote Victoria Island. Amundsen's scientific director aboard the Maud was Harald Sverdrup, an accomplished oceanographer who later became director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His team recorded magnetic, astronomical and meteorological observations.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct 13, 2016
Every day for 100 years, Scripps researchers or their colleagues at Birch Aquarium have pulled a bucket of water from the swells below Scripps Pier in La Jolla, and checked the temperature and salinity. The Shore Stations Program, based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and spanning the California coast, is the longest continuous series of ocean temperature measurements in the Pacific Rim, according to the institution.

Oct 12, 2016
For most Americans, with the exception of scuba divers, California spiny lobster is a delicious delicacy that won’t end up at the average dinner table. It is estimated that up to 95 percent of all commercially caught lobster is shipped to China. In California they are trucked to Los Angeles, where they are packaged up, and flown straight east. In Mexico, that percentage is estimated to be up to 99 percent. “It’s because of the cost,” Kate Masury, a recent Masters graduate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, says. “There is such a huge demand for spiny lobster in China and the prices have gone up pretty dramatically each year.” Masury is behind the site Follow Your Fish, which tracks the supply chain behind certain American seafood like the California squid and spiny lobster.

Miami Herald
Oct 11, 2016
One of the weather buoys that monitor conditions off Florida's shores broke free of its mooring, and three others stopped transmitting data during Hurricane Matthew. Officials who maintain the weather buoys said Monday that a Fort Pierce buoy broke free of its mooring located about 7 miles offshore after facing a wave more than 25 feet. The buoy, which is funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, is now drifting off the coast of Florida. The weather buoys measure wind conditions, barometric and water temperature. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego say they can still track the wayward buoy's location and hope to recover it.
Oct 11, 2016
Surfers have a very intimate connection to the ocean. Their skin is bathed in the rushing tide, and crashing waves send salty seawater into their ears, eyes and throat. Inside and out, they are saturated with diverse molecules and bacteria to which the average person is not exposed. This prompts the question: How do these unique bacteria and chemicals impact human health? Cliff Kapono, UC San Diego chemistry doctoral student, is embarking on a worldwide quest to find out. Through the UC San Diego Program for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (PIER), Kopano works jointly with Pieter Dorrestein, a professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct 11, 2016
UC San Diego received about $213 million in gifts during the past fiscal year, a record for donations and a 20 percent increase from the previous year. Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg committed $5 million to launch the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which included $1.5 million to establish the Presidential Chair for Climate Change Adaptation. In another donation, Joy Frieman gave $2.5 million in honor of her late husband to fund fellowships and establish the Edward A. Frieman Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability. Her donations includes $500,000 toward a $2 million endowed postdoctoral fellowship and $500,000 toward a $1 million graduate fellowship at Scripps Oceanography.

Oct 10, 2016
Dozens of earthquake sensors located atop mountains and hillsides across San Diego County are also being used to help detect wildfires. The high-tech instruments that measure seismic motion and monitor climate hazards, are also equipped with cameras that allow fire officials to keep watch over remote fire-prone regions. “If a fire were to start it would be seen on these cameras right away,” said Frank Vernon, research geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and leader in the development of the alert network. The AlertSoCal system includes 64 cameras positioned in 16 remote locations across San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. The project is a partnership among UC San Diego, the County of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric.

NBC 7 San Diego
Oct 06, 2016
Researchers have discovered a new fault line in Southern California that may impact the San Andreas Fault which runs through the state, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego. Neal Driscoll, a geologist at Scripps and the coauthor of the study says that the fault was not detected earlier because of two reasons—its location and lack of seismic activity in that area.

NSF Science 360
Oct 06, 2016
A swarm of nearly 200 small earthquakes that shook Southern California residents in the Salton Sea area last week raised concerns they might trigger a larger earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault.

Oct 05, 2016
Southern California is an epicenter for earthquakes, with an estimated 10,000 small temblors hitting the region every year. Now, there’s a discovery of a new, potentially significant fault line located 120 miles east of San Diego. It runs parallel to the notorious San Andreas fault, said Neal Driscoll, professor of geology and geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “It’s located in the Salton Sea along the eastern margin,” said Driscoll. “This fault has a component of what we call ‘dip-slit.’ It has a component of extension, where the plates are pulling apart, as well as a component of strike-slip, like the San Andreas,” Driscoll explained.