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Nov 12, 2014

Last March, a team of researchers and volunteers found two planes that had crashed into the Pacific Ocean near the Republic of Palau during the fierce fighting of World War II. Eric Terrill of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Mark Moline of the University of Delaware were studying currents and making maps of the flow of water around the islands when they met Patrick Scannon, whose nonprofit group BentProp uses historical records and first-hand accounts to search for the remains of American service members, and which had already identified a downed Corsair fighter off Palau. Their combined efforts led to the discovery of an Avenger bomber that went down with two men and a F6F Hellcat.

New Scientist
Nov 12, 2014

The world's oceans are the hottest they've ever been in the modern record. An analysis shared exclusively with New Scientist suggests that the global slowdown in the rise of air temperatures is probably over, and we are entering another period of rapid warming. But some are cautious about linking the peak to an upward trend. "Beware of single peaks," says David Checkley of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He doesn't interpret the data as showing a return to consistent warming.

Nov 12, 2014

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, scientists are currently in Antarctica to collect data on the continent's largest ice shelf. Ice shelves prevent land ice from reaching the ocean. When these barriers fall apart, sea levels rise. Three San Diego researchers are installing an array of seismic sensors that will gauge stress on the critical Ross Ice Shelf. "There's about three meters of sea level rise that it's restraining," said Peter Bromirski, reached in Antarctica via Skype. "And of course, for California — with all our coastal regions — sea level rise is a significant concern."

The New York Times
Nov 10, 2014

In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Lisa A. Levin, the director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, who was not part of the research, said the experiments showed that jellyfish were not “a dead end in the food web.” Instead, they are an important part of the system, which starts with plankton at the surface absorbing carbon dioxide.

U-T San Diego
Nov 09, 2014

Scientists are preparing to place sensors in the Antarctic to study how ocean waves affect the stability of huge ice shelves -- a project that's being led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, researcher Peter Bromirski. Bromirski and fellow Scripps researcher Peter Gerstoft recently arrived in Antarctica, where they'll spend several weeks installing seismic sensors on the Ross Ice Shelf. "The data generated by the array is expected to deliver important new information on the effect of stresses placed on ice shelve, and how these vibrations may contribute to instability, such as that experienced on the Larsen Ice Shelf in the massive collapse of 2002," said Raz Rasmussen, a researcher who works with Bromirski.

The Charleston Chronicle
Nov 07, 2014

A young loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, is about to earn some major frequent flyer miles. Jersey will fly to his/her permanent new home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, on Nov. 19, 2014. Once in California, Jersey will be acclimated and eventually introduced to his/her new home, a 50,000-gallon exhibit. Jersey is the first sea turtle to be housed at Birch Aquarium and will serve as an ambassador for his/her species, inspiring future generations to care for and protect our ocean.

The Washington Post
Nov 07, 2014

Then, three years ago, Scannon was introduced by chance to a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, based at the University of California, San Diego, and a team from the University of Delaware. The oceanography teams were working on ways to explore and map the ocean floor in Palau. The two groups quickly struck a deal to work together.

Surfer Today
Nov 06, 2014

Benjamin Thompson, founder of BoardFormula, had decided to invest his time and engineering knowledge in the protection of the environment and oceans while riding the waves. SmartPhin is a surfboard fin that measures and record data such as location, time, temperature, salinity, and pH. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is already testing the surfboard fin.

New Scientist
Nov 04, 2014

Rising global temperatures will turn much of the snow that currently replenishes the California’s reservoirs to rain, according to modeling studies by Dan Cayan at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. The snowpack isn't the only source of fresh water in California, but Cayan says it would be "more of a challenge" to manage water as rainfall rather than snow. He presented his findings at the Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento last week.

Nov 04, 2014

Benjamin Thompson is a surfer, but what’s equally important to know is that he’s also an engineer. And now, Thompson is using this rare combination of skills to build a new product that could radically expand our understanding of the world’s oceans. Smart Phin is a surfboard fin equipped with a special sensor that not only tracks a surfer’s location, but also measures the temperature, salinity, and acidity of the water to give researchers insight on the impact of climate change over time. Since then, Lost Bird Project has been the sole backer of the Smart Phin, and will have distribution rights once the product is complete. But it could take some time to get to a commercial product. In addition to the rigorous testing being done through the XPRIZE Foundation, the sensor is also being vetted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.