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San Diego Reader
Jan 20, 2016
Every day under the Scripps pier in La Jolla, two cameras capture thousands of images of the weird and wonderful organisms called plankton.

Associated Press
Jan 19, 2016
The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study says. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world's oceans instead of the ground. And they've seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. Jeff Severinghaus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego praised the study, saying it "provides real, hard evidence that humans are dramatically heating the planet."

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 18, 2016
The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla is exhibiting a collection of photos taken by Octavio Aburto, a marine ecologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The images focus on Aburto's research in Mexican waters, particularly the Gulf of California. Aburto has spent a lot of time studying and photographing marine life in Cabo Pulmo, a small village northeast of Cabo San Lucas. He plans to return to Cabo Pulmo on a research trip later this year.

Google Earth Blog
Jan 13, 2016
In late 2014 we had a look at a map of the ocean floor published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. . Apparently that map was incorporated into the Google Earth ocean floor data just before the New Year.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 13, 2016
This El Niño has slightly underperformed so far, at least in terms of impacts in San Diego County. David Pierce, a climate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, said compared to the five strongest El Niños since 1950, this one would rank near the bottom for local effects. But it’s still early in the winter.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jan 13, 2016
“They’re probably one of the most fascinating local ecosystems that we have access to here,” said Danny Beckwith, an education specialist with Birch Aquarium. “To me it’s really special to go to these places. They’re right there, in our backyard.”

Los Angeles Times
Jan 13, 2016
For the third time in recent months, a rare venomous sea snake has washed up on a Southern California beach, hundreds of miles from its normal waters. The 20-inch-long yellow-bellied serpent was found about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dog Beach in Coronado by a passerby who alerted lifeguards, Coronado city officials said in a statement. The lifeguard put the snake in a bucket, where it died soon afterward, officials said. The species, known to scientists as Pelamis platura, was first seen in Southern California in San Clemente in 1972 during an El Niño.The snake found Tuesday will be turned over to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Coronado city officials said.

Reno Gazette-Journal
Jan 11, 2016
Alexander Gershunov, a climate and meteorology researcher at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, presented two models that showed the 2015-16 version of El Niño shaping up to be similar to conditions in 1982-83 and 1997-98, and maybe a little stronger.

The Orange County Register
Jan 09, 2016
Once a year in June, sea lion mothers on the Channel Islands give birth to a pup. For the next 11 months, the mothers swim off to forage for days to provide food for themselves and milk for their progeny. But in early 2015, calorie-dense sardines and anchovies – the best food – were hard to find. The mothers were forced to dive deeper and swim farther, and by the time they returned to the islands, they didn’t have much milk to offer. The health of those fish populations is driven by climate, said Dave Checkley, an oceanography professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Specifically, it’s the way climate affects wind and ocean currents.