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La Jolla Light
Jan 25, 2017
The sculpture is one of more than 10 pieces that artists from California developed for the exhibit after dialogues with Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) scientists who research climate change or related matters. In this case, the artist worked closely with scientists Art Miller and Alexander Gershunov, who acted as a consultant for the exhibit.

Jan 24, 2017
On a recent stormy day, choppy waves crashed into the Scripps pier. Scenes like this are probably what most people picture when they think of waves. But surface waves aren't the only kind. Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Peter Franks is interested in waves beneath the surface — internal waves.

Los Angeles Times
Jan 24, 2017
The announcement in June of 2016 of Los Angeles's driest year seemed like an ominous milestone, but just six months later, L.A. has seen a major turnaround. Los Angeles is experiencing its wettest winter in years, with 14.33 inches of rain since October. Atmospheric river storms are coming from an area of the ocean that has warmer temperatures and have arrived in a number and size not seen in years, said Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The New York Times
Jan 23, 2017
Stormy weather again unleashed much-needed rain over the weekend. As of Friday, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water source after the winter was at nearly 170 percent of its historical average. Many major reservoirs are replenished. "It is remarkable," Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, said of the turnaround. But Dr. Ralph and other drought experts tend to take the long view of California's water predicament, one that includes a trend of rising temperatures.

The New Yorker
Jan 22, 2017
The term “environmental science” was coined in the fifties by military scientists; it was another decade before civilian scientists used the term. Beginning on the day black rain fell on Hiroshima, nuclear weapons shaped environmental science. Skeptics of the “nuclear winter” created institutions that later challenged global warming. In 1984, in an effort to defend the Strategic Defense Initiative, the George C. Marshall Institute was founded by Robert Jastrow, a NASA physicist; Frederick Seitz, a former president of the National Academy of Sciences; and William Nierenberg, a past director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC Sand Diego. Jastrow argued that “the Nuclear Winter scenario could not serve the needs of Soviet leaders better if it had been designed for that purpose.”

Jan 19, 2017
California's wet season is far from over. But an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows that already, the state has received nearly a full season's worth of rain and snow. On Thursday morning, statewide rainfall was at 96 percent of the seasonal normal, and the average Sierra snowpack measurement was at 87 percent. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate researcher Dan Cayan helped compile this data. He said storms in recent weeks have kicked this wet season into overdrive. "We don't often see the run of storms such as we've had in the last couple weeks," said Cayan.

Jan 18, 2017
A series of three powerful storms are taking aim at San Diego County and could deliver torrential rains, flooding, gusty winds and heavy mountain snow. According to the National Weather Service, the first storm, the weakest of the pack, is expected to arrive early Thursday morning with the strongest hitting on Monday. Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will be tracking the storms closely via a network of 100 weather sensors that are spread across San Diego County as well as the state.

Reno Gazette-Journal
Jan 13, 2017
There wasn’t much of a crowd when California Sen. Kevin DeLeón took the stage at Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino for a defiant speech about climate policy during the Donald Trump era. The talk was part of Operation Sierra Storm, a conference for meteorologists from around the country. DeLeón wasn’t the only one to discuss the issue in apocalyptic terms. Also among the speakers was climate scientist Richard Somerville, a climate scientist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.

National Geographic
Jan 12, 2017
“There is hidden biodiversity in the sea,” says Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse, who discovered the species with graduate student Josefin Stiller and Western Australian Museum researcher Nerida Wilson.

The New York Times
Jan 12, 2017
Last April, Greg Rouse, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and his colleagues embarked on a treasure hunt for the ruby sea dragon in the waters surrounding the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.