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The New Yorker
May 22, 2015

Most of the water in the Colorado River originates in snowpack in mountains in the northern part of its watershed, but the biggest consumers of that water are at the river’s other end—in Southern California especially. The impact on human activity has been less obvious than it might have been, because the river’s two huge reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, have acted like lower-basin credit cards. In 1998, both lakes were essentially full and, between them, stored more than fifty million acre-feet of water—roughly two and a half years’ worth of the river’s average total flow. Today, they contain less than half that much. In a paper published in 2008, two scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego wrote that “currently scheduled depletions are simply not sustainable.”

Fox 5
May 21, 2015

An underwater robot from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is aiding in the Santa Barbara oil spill. An onshore pipeline in Santa Barbara ruptured and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on coastal lands and into the ocean, the oil company said Thursday. The robots, referred to as “spray gliders,” can dive 3,000 feet under water.  The gliders are able to go anywhere and are directed through a built in GPS system similar to a smartphone. There is currently one glider approximately 30-miles away from the oil spill. “It’s 7-feet-long, weighs about 100-pounds,” said Dan Rudnick, professor at Scripps. “It flies on wings.”

10 News
May 20, 2015

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography's underwater robot is roaming the area near the oil spill off Santa Barbara.

May 20, 2015

The shores of Hobart, Tasmania, have been twinkling a bright, neon blue the past few days, turning the water's surface into a scene that looks out of this world.The bioluminescence is caused by blooms of large single-cell organisms called dinoflagellates. Dinoflagellates are very common in the ocean, explained Michael Latz, marine biologist and bioluminescence expert at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

May 19, 2015

Featuring Birch Aquarium at Scripps's Fernando Nosratpour.


May 19, 2015

Thousands of red crabs also called tuna crabs have been washing ashore on Pacific Beach since Sunday. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego has them on display. They have been receiving phone calls and emails about the recent sightings.

May 18, 2015

Researchers led by Don Lowe of Stanford University describe the effects of two asteroids measuring 30 to 60 miles across that hit about 3.29 and 3.23 billion years ago. The dual impacts sent temperatures in the atmosphere up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks and boiled the oceans for a year, long enough that seawater evaporated and they dropped perhaps 328 feet. However, the studies findings are hard to conclusively verify, points out geologist James Day of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in the Science News article. The researchers have to grapple with the same problem any scientist does when studying the Hadean. Plate tectonics and erosion have long ago wiped craters from impacts in that ancient time from the face of the Earth.

Climate Central
May 15, 2015

Any day now, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will reach their annual peak in a cycle driven by the collective inhale and exhale of the world’s plant life. But because of the extra CO2 pumped into the air by human activities, this year’s peak will be higher than last year’s, which was higher than the year before that — a sign of the unabated emissions that are driving the Earth’s temperature ever upward. “The increase basically comes from the increase of coal and oil consumption,” Stephen Walker, a scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, which keeps the Mauna Loa record, said.

May 15, 2015

Scripps Institution of Oceanography was established over 100 years ago as the Marine Biological Association. Today, as part of the University of California system, it still honors those origins, not only as a research institution and school, but with the Scripps Coastal Meander Trail. Featured in this video while a new portion was under construction (it's now completed and open), the publicly accessible walk serves as an alternative to walking the California Coastal Trail on the beach.

National Geographic
May 15, 2015

The incredible volcanology that has been forming and shaping Montserrat since the Pleistocene is fascinating. Montserrat is also very alive and fascinating underwater. Photographing large sections of the coral reef makes it possible to characterize their current state. This will give us a baseline for what the reefs look like now so we can understand why and how they change in the future. Nathaniel Hanna-Holloway, a master’s student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, led the research.