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NBC 7
Apr 07, 2015

A Southern California desalination plant set to open this fall will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the only water supply in San Diego not dependent on rainfall or a snowpack. When the facility opens, it should generate 50 million gallons of potable water each day. That’s enough water for 300,000 residents, or 7 percent of the county of San Diego. Studies by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have shown no negative impact on the environment, Jones said, though environmentalists are still concerned about the plant's effect on the local fish and marine life populations.


National Snow and Ice Data Center
Apr 07, 2015

After reaching its seasonal maximum on February 25, the beginning of the melt season was interrupted by late-season periods of ice growth, largely in the Bering Sea, Davis Strait and around Labrador. Near the end of March, extent rose to within about 83,000 square kilometers (32,000 square miles) of the February 25 value. The monthly average Arctic sea ice extent for March was the lowest in the satellite record. A recent publication by a colleague at  Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego describes the impact of foehn or chinook patterns on ice shelf and sea ice stability in the region, making use of the network of Automated Meteorology-Ice-Geophysics Observing Systems (AMIGOS) in the area.


Statesman Journal
Apr 06, 2015

Seaborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached North America. Woods Hole chemical oceanographer Ken Buesseler emphasized that the radiation is at very low levels that aren't expected to harm human health or the environment. Buesseler's group teamed with a Canadian-funded program called InFORM. It will add about a dozen monitoring stations along the coast of British Columbia. Cruises with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will add about 10 new sampling sites offshore.

 


Science Magazine
Apr 06, 2015

A new study looks at seven sardine species over 25 years and finds that overfishing exacerbates natural boom-and-bust cycles of the fish, which are not only a food source for humans but for countless larger marine animals. Climate change makes the problem even tougher. “It’s an excellent study, but the large omission here is that of climate, and we know that climate drives the dynamics of many of the stocks that they studied,” says David Checkley of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, who was not involved in the new work.


Inside Climate News
Apr 02, 2015

It was bad news for California following annual snowpack measurements throughout the towering­­––and usually snow-covered––Sierra Nevada mountain range. There was very little snow. On Wednesday, the Sierra snowpack held only 1.4 inches of water when 28.3 inches is normal for this time of year. The numbers foreshadow yet another gloomy year of drought in a state that depends on a steady stream of snowmelt to replenish its reservoirs and aquifers. Climate change is a contributing factor in the paltry snowpack this year, said Dan Cayan, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the U.S. Geological Survey. It's responsible for the record temperatures in the state and is a factor in the changing upper level meteorological conditions that have caused storm patterns to shift away from the state, he said.


Discover Magazine
Apr 02, 2015

What flies above has radically changed our knowledge of what lies beneath. New maps of Earth’s seafloors derived from satellite data have identified thousands of previously unknown seamounts, faults and other tectonic features. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, created the maps by analyzing untapped data streams from NASA’s Jason satellite and the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite.


Nature
Apr 01, 2015

The floating parts of Antarctica's ice sheets have been thinning at increasing rates since the mid-1990s, raising fears of ice-sheet collapse and of accelerating sea-level rise in a warming climate. Fernando Paolo of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and his colleagues analysed an 18-year record of observations from three satellite radar missions. They found that the loss of ice-shelf volume increased from about 25 cubic kilometres a year in 1994–2003 to more than 300 cubic kilometres each year in 2003–2012.


The Daily Mirror
Apr 01, 2015

The R/P FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) is not just any boat. The FLIP can purposefully flood its ballast in order to raise the back platform 17 meters (55ft) out of the water. It's something that needs to be seen to be believed. The ship is currently run by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


The Guardian
Mar 31, 2015

A weather station on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula recorded what may be the highest temperature ever on the continent, while a separate study published in the journal Science found that the losses of ice shelf volume in the western Antarctic had increased by 70% in the last decade. Helen A Fricker of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, a co-author of the Science report, said that there was not necessarily a correlation between recent temperature fluctuations and disappearing ice.


U-T San Diego
Mar 31, 2015

It’s official: San Diego experienced the warmest March on record, compiling an average monthly temperature of 66.6 degrees, which is 7.2 degrees above normal. The previous record was 64.3 degrees, set in 1978. “No one definitively knows why this is happening,” said David Pierce, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.