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Dec 10, 2014

A new Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has established a regional effort on atmospheric rivers and other types of extreme weather and water events in the Western U.S. The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) is developing an “AR Portal” with partners across the nation, including NOAA, California Department of Water Resources, Plymouth State University, and the USGS. The portal brings together advances in AR science, monitoring and prediction, and builds heavily on data from the new AR monitoring network installed across California, and takes unique advantage of existing USGS, NOAA and other monitoring and prediction systems by developing tools tailored to the AR phenomenon.

Dec 09, 2014

Written by Sarah Gille of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Warming of the water that flows under Antarctic iceshelves iskey to their melting. Nobody lives permanently in Antarctica. At first glance, studies of Antarctic climate might thus seem like a curiosity without obvious societal implications. Yet, if the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt, global sea level would rise by 4.8 m, with major effects on coastal populations. Two studies published earlier this year offered convincing evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is indeed melting irrevocably. What are the processes behind this melting?

Chemistry World
Dec 08, 2014

Scientists in the Czech Republic and US have shown how asteroid collisions with early Earth could have sparked reactions that produced the basic chemical building blocks of life four billion years ago. The team used lasers to simulate the plasma produced by asteroid impacts on prebiotic Earth and found that this led to a cascade of reactions that formed RNA and DNA nucleobases from formamide. Jeffrey Bada, who investigates the chemical origins of life at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, has further reservations. ‘Although the simulations carried out in this paper are interesting from a straight chemical synthesis point of view, the relevance of this to the prebiotic chemistry of the early Earth is questionable,’ he says.

Climate Central
Dec 07, 2014

In January 1997, climate researcher David Pierce was looking at a map superimposed with projected ocean temperatures, and pink was a representation of anomalous warmth in the Pacific. The map told Pierce that according to the climate model developed by him and his colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, huge swaths of the southern Pacific were about to heat up.

NSF Science 360
Dec 05, 2014

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego succeeded in creating the largest phytoplankton bloom in a wave flume in history as part of a groundbreaking experiment to understand the effects of natural particles on the atmosphere.

NBC News
Dec 04, 2014

A new study indicates that it takes a mere 10 years for carbon dioxide emissions to produce their maximum warming effects on the Earth. The results showed that the median time between a single carbon dioxide emission and maximum warming was 10.1 years and that the resulting warming could last over a century. The findings give the issue "a new sense of urgency," said Ralph Keeling, a professor of geochemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. "The main finding is that it only takes 10 years to get maximum effect and while that makes sense nobody had put it in those terms before."
Dec 04, 2014

The ice that lines West Antarctica’s shores is melting at an alarming rate, and the culprit is not hotter air but a one-two punch of warmer deep-water flows and winds that drive them beneath the ice shelves. Currently, winds appear to be sheltering the Weddell and Ross seas from the Circumpolar Deep Water melting, notes Sarah Gille of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, in an article accompanying the Science study. However, she warns, “future changes in the winds could modify that, and thus alter the ice-shelf buttresses, with further effects on global sea level rise.” That could be very bad news for the millions of people living along the world’s shorelines.

Dec 01, 2014

If you get close to the ocean, you can smell it. That salty odor is distinct, and carried by sea spray spritzing into the air. But there’s more than salt in the sea spray. There’s phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses — living things that help make up the entire ocean and change the chemistry of the water. Ocean mists do more than dampen beaches, says atmospheric chemist Kimberly Prather of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at San Diego. Ocean aerosols also seed clouds, and they could affect climate change and our weather, she said.“The single largest uncertainty in climate change is how to aerosols affect clouds and climate,” Prather said.

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.