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Sci-Tech Today
Jan 15, 2014

As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns.
But meteorologists have fixed their attention on the scientific phenomenon they say is to blame for the emerging drought: a vast zone of high pressure in the atmosphere off the West Coast, nearly four miles high and 2,000 miles long, so stubborn that one researcher has named it the "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge." "I wish I had a really good answer for this," said Daniel Cayan, an oceanographer and atmospheric scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. "It's unusual for the pattern to have not broken down to allow some relatively active, vigorous winter storm systems to track across California."


U-T San Diego
Jan 15, 2014

It was 4:31 a.m. on a Monday, and one side of the fault had lurched over the other beneath Northridge, producing a magnitude 6.7 temblor that was felt as far away as San Diego and Las Vegas. The handful of fairly crude seismic sensors that were in place across Southern California on Jan. 17, 1994 have been replaced by a dense, highly sensitive network of real-time instruments that capture both the dynamism of a quake, and the slow, long-term motion of faults everywhere. The network, partly created by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, coincided with advances in high resolution imaging that have better defined the gnarled and gnarly topography of California. From that, scientists have been able to discover, or more closely see, faults, including the sort of buried blind thrust system that produced the Northridge quake. Such research always raises an old question: When is Southern California going to get an earthquake early warning alert system?“We’re closer to having a system like this than most people think,” says Yehuda Bock, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


The Atlantic
Jan 14, 2014

It has been an exceptionally good year for whale watching in California. In past seasons, sightseers off Monterey typically spotted two or three humpbacks on a single afternoon at sea.


San Jose Mercury News
Jan 13, 2014

As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns.


Salon.com
Jan 10, 2014

Earth continues to heat up, while governments sit idly by. Some see a savior in crowdfunding — but will it work?


KPBS
Jan 08, 2014

Extreme winter weather has been dominating the national headlines for days, but it seems that here in San Diego we've been living in a land that winter weather forgot.


U-T San Diego
Jan 06, 2014

Although her remarkable images, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for another week, are essentially photographs, and despite the fact she’s represented by Joseph Bellows, who deals exclusively with photography, don’t mistake Montlack for a photographer. “I’m not technically trained as a photographer,” Montlack said during a recent visit to San Diego, where she’s been working for more than a year in a joint project with the museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Using a macro lens and a microscope, she focuses on tiny elements of organic matter, and then blows them up. And in this project, she’s focusing on sea life, in particular, life from the Sea of Cortez through fossils, slides and samples that Scripps has collected for more than a half century.


U-T San Diego
Jan 06, 2014

A carefully choreographed overhaul of Birch Aquarium's popular kelp forest is set to begin today, with divers relocating scores of fish so the 70,000-gallon tank can be drained, repaired and turned into a better habitat for local marine life. The exhibit’s mix of fish also will change. Nigella Hillgarth, the aquarium’s executive director, said divers will introduce a greater variety of fish from local waters so visitors will gain a fuller sense of a world that’s home to everything from microscopic drifters to large, predatory sharks.


Inside Climate News
Jan 02, 2014

Ralph Keeling, the director of an acclaimed Scripps program that keeps track of the amounts of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere, has renewed his plea for public support of the research, which has suffered from flagging federal grants. "The Scripps CO2 and O2 measurements now face severe funding challenges," Keeling wrote in a letter posted on Dec. 24. "The situation is most urgent for the O2 measurements. These measurements have been supported for decades through proposals submitted every few years to the federal agencies. The value of these measurements is not questioned, but federal funding for these programs has never been so tenuous." The work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has led to many findings beyond just showing how much carbon dioxide and oxygen are in the air at any given moment, although that measurement has generated the most headlines—such as when carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million, more than at any time in human history.


Philly.com
Jan 02, 2014

If you're casting about for a New Year's resolution that has nothing to do with how much you eat or how often you exercise, here's a suggestion: Firm up your understanding of climate change science, technology and policy by taking one of several free online courses being offered by various academic or public policy institutions. The first to get underway, and perhaps the broadest of the curricula, is offered beginning on January 7 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. "Climate Change in Four Dimensions" deals with the problem from the standpoints of the natural sciences, social sciences, technology and the humanities. All the faculty come from UCSD—Charles Kennel, Naomi Oreskes, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Richard Somerville and David G. Victor.