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Victorville Daily Press
Dec 01, 2014

Despite differences in opinion over climate change, one hydrologist believes decisions have to be made now to deal with dwindling water flow in the Mojave River and its affects on groundwater supplies. “The Mojave River in Barstow, it can be 20 years with no significant flow in that river,” Dr. John A. Izbicki said during a climate change workshop held by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board recently at the Hampton Inn in Lenwood. Izbicki is a scientist with the United States Geological Survey. Dan Cayan from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the USGS gave a presentation on climate variability change and California water.  “If you twist my arm, I would say we are about to get drier,” said Cayan. “The models differ on how much drier.”

Deeper Blue
Nov 30, 2014 was lucky enough to get an interview with Dr. Eric Terrill of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, while covering DEMA Show 2014 this past weekend. One of his recent collaborations with the BentProp Organization and the University of Delaware successfully used sophisticated underwater vehicles to locate the lost wreckage of a World War II aircraft. BentProp, a non-profit organization, has been working hard in search of many wreck sites of U.S. airmen who never made it home after giving their lives for their country.

Orange County Breeze
Nov 27, 2014

On Nov. 19, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, began to track the effects of wintertime storms and assess the effectiveness of coastal protection projects in Seal Beach. The Seal Beach Winter Storm Beach and Wave Monitoring Project, funded by the University of Southern California Sea Grant office and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, will run through March 15, 2015, enabling researchers to observe beach dynamics through an entire storm season.

Nov 27, 2014

War is good for science. Countries require their defence industries to invent military technologies, which are often based on science, sending money to researchers. So how does this intersection affect the course of research? Two books discuss the extent to which scientists change — or must change — what they do in response to national emergencies. A cold war US surveillance system that used underwater sound recordings to trace the movements of submarines was recycled around the year 2000 by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UC San Diego, to map ocean temperatures and global warming.

Live Science
Nov 26, 2014

What impact does sea spray have on global climate? It's a question scientists have studied for decades. They know that sea spray aerosols can float into the atmosphere and "seed" clouds — many of which seem to help cool the Earth by reflecting light, though there are others that seem to contribute to warming. But which aerosol particles do what actions, and under what conditions? "The single largest uncertainty in climate change is how aerosols affect clouds and climate," said atmospheric scientist Kimberly Prather of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The center Prather directs — the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment — has taken extraordinary steps to find answers.

Laboratory Equipment
Nov 24, 2014

A picture is worth considerably more than a thousand words to marine scientists working on the Catlin Seaview Survey, as they study more than 500,000 images in research to improve coral reef health. Researchers from The Univ. of Queensland are analyzing 360-degree underwater images to perform a global marine environment health check. Automated image recognition software is being used to classify habitats, to analyze coral reef coverage and to study the three-dimensional structure of coral reefs. “Through GCI’s strong partnerships with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the University of Sydney, we are analyzing the images in record time,” Gonzalez-Rivero said.

U-T San Diego
Nov 23, 2014

Miles beneath the sea is a landscape of seamounts, hills and ridges, much of it unexplored or hidden under layers of muck. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and other research centers have released a new map that reveals those deep-water structures with twice the level of detail as previous images. The updated maps, described last month in the journal Science, will inform energy exploration and earthquake research. It also will pinpoint areas for future marine research on the underwater frontier, said David Sandwell, lead scientist on the Science paper and a geophysics professor at Scripps.

Times of San Diego
Nov 23, 2014

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego has provided a home for an endangered sea turtle rescued near a power plant in New Jersey. The juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, weighing approximately 97 pounds, arrived Wednesday from the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. “All sea turtles in U.S. waters are protected by the Endangered Species Act due to significant threats such as entanglement in fishing gear, accidental ingestion of plastic and other marine debris, boat strikes, and loss of essential nesting habitat,” said Debbie Zmarzly, interim director of the Birch Aquarium. “This turtle has already been through so much in its short life,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, director of husbandry at the aquarium. “We look forward to giving it a comfortable and happy home and sharing the story of not only this turtle, but all sea turtles, with San Diego’s residents and visitors.”

Nov 23, 2014

The Newsroom is a political drama series on HBO. This clip features dialogue pertaining to climate research conducted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

San Diego 6
Nov 22, 2014

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego are looking into sea urchins as a way to help patients who need chemotherapy. Assistant professor and cell biologist Dr. Amro Hamdoun and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Tufan Gokirmak are using sea urchins for cancer research because the sea creatures release millions upon millions of eggs. It also helps that 70 percent of the genes in a sea urchin are similar to those in the DNA of humans.