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Oct 04, 2016
Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, has been selected to receive the 2016 Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody Award in Ocean Sciences. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego biannually bestows the Cody Award to a scientist in recognition of outstanding contributions to and achievement in physical oceanography, marine biology, and Earth science. While several individuals were considered for the prestigious prize, Ferrari’s “pioneering efforts toward understanding the nature and rates of oceanic mixing and their consequences for the general circulation,” were among several reasons for his selection.

Oct 04, 2016
Health professionals must act together to urge drastic reductions in carbon dioxide and short lived climate pollutants - the main contributors to climate change - argue leading experts in The BMJ this week. The World Health Organization says that without adequate mitigation and adaptation "climate change poses unacceptable risks to global public health.” "It's imperative that health professionals worldwide show strong leadership in tackling climate change," argue Distinguished Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and Professor Sir Andy Haines from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Oct 04, 2016
New research led by Eric Wilcox, Ph.D, an atmospheric scientist at Nevada's Desert Research Institute (DRI), outlines new insights into how these high concentrations of black carbon aerosols may also reduce atmospheric turbulence and enhance relative humidity near the Earth's surface, exacerbating both human health impacts and extreme weather events. Utilizing a fleet of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with specialized instrumentation developed by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, Wilcox and his colleagues for the first time measured the atmospheric turbulence and vertical flow of latent heat above the ocean's surface up to altitudes of 3,600 meters (12,000-feet) - an area of the atmosphere commonly known as the marine boundary layer.

The New York Times
Oct 03, 2016
That is sobering news. But some of the reaction has been, to put it mildly, crazed. Vice Motherboard, for example, screamed: “Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point for Good.” Ralph Keeling, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Scripps CO2 program, wrote the blog post announcing the news, and seems a bit taken aback by such apocalyptic headlines.

Voice of America
Oct 02, 2016
Scientists who share the vision of thriving fish farms off the California coast met at workshops this year and last sponsored by the NOAA Sea Grant program. NOAA, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year opened federal waters on the U.S. Gulf Coast to aquaculture, and a private commercial venture hopes to build a massive fish farm off San Diego on the Pacific Coast. "Populations of wild fish in the oceans today are approximately half or less than half of what they historically were," said Paul Olin of California Sea Grant, based at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography near San Diego. He says the shortfall is being made up through land-based and ocean-based aquaculture, which together account for more than half of all seafood produced for human consumption.

Mother Nature Network
Sep 29, 2016
Just last year, NASA was finally able to "see" below the ocean waves in much finer detail than ever before. Instead of using sonar, NASA mapped the ocean floor by examining the shape and gravity fields of the planet, called geodesy. According to the NASA Earth Observatory: "David Sandwell of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Walter Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have spent much of the past 25 years negotiating with military agencies and satellite operators to allow them access to measurements of the Earth’s gravity field and sea surface heights. The result of their efforts is a global data set that tells where the ridges and valleys are by showing where the planet’s gravity field varies.”

USA Today
Sep 29, 2016
Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached a significant symbolic milestone in our atmosphere this month, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said.

National Geographic
Sep 26, 2016
Jeffrey Severinghaus, a paleoclimatologist at Scripps Institution for Oceanography in San Diego, was equally vehement, arguing that the study's result isn't logical: "It's based on a fundamental mistake," he said. "The problematic conclusion doesn't flow from the main meat of the paper."

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sep 23, 2016
The Defense Department has awarded UC San Diego $29.3 million to upgrade and overhaul the Roger Revelle, a globe-trotting research ship that the school operates on behalf of the Office of Naval Research.

Sep 23, 2016
We featured the La Jolla leopard sharks here last week, which left some of us (i.e., me) with lots of questions about these amazing creatures. This week, we were lucky enough to get some answers from the expert on the sharks, Dr. Andrew Nosal.