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The Guardian
Jun 13, 2016
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study. Carbon dioxide measurements at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii are forecast to soar by a record 3.1ppm this year – up from an annual average of 2.1ppm – due in large part to the cyclical El Niño weather event in the Pacific, the paper says. Prof Ralph Keeling of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, a co-author on the paper, said: “Back in September last year, we suspected that we were measuring CO2 concentrations below 400 ppm for the last time. Now it is looking like this was indeed the case.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 13, 2016
The OliverMcMillan plan includes a Scripps Institution of Oceanography learning center on Embarcadero Marina Park North.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 10, 2016
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir visited UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Friday as part of the university's commencement celebration. The 38 year-old Meir, who earned her doctorate at Scripps, took time to discuss how her career is unfolding, and explain NASA's long-term plans to place humans on Mars.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 10, 2016
He then earned a master’s degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There he used satellite imagery to study the California Current, where eddies spinning off the main current change the structure of the water, creating cold and warm zones that distort the way sonar propagates.

La Jolla Light
Jun 08, 2016
Large numbers of red crabs were reported washed ashore in La Jolla Shores on May 30. But Linsey Sala, museum scientist and manager of the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego assures this is a natural phenomenon that occurs off Baja California and also seen in past years off Southern California. “It’s not really known why they strand, particularly; these are small, mainly swimming crabs that spend quite a bit of time in the water column. If they get entrained in certain strong, fast-moving currents or tides, they can get swept onshore pretty easily and don’t necessarily have the ability to crawl back into the water,” Sala said.

La Jolla Light
Jun 08, 2016
Do you frequently walk the beach? Do you own a cell phone or a camera? Would you like to contribute to the study of coastal erosion and sea level rise? If your answer to these three questions is yes, Urban Tides has the perfect project for you! Urban Tides is a program sponsored by University of Southern California Sea Grant that connects citizens and scientists to document the impact of sea level rise in urban communities. Since the program started in 2015, the database has received more than 300 updates from locations ranging from Point Conception to the U.S. Mexico border. Sara Giddings, who is one of the scientists involved with the program, studies estuaries and coastal oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She works with in situ measurements. “For me it is incredibly beneficial to also have photographs to document changes that are being observed near the estuary mouth,” she said.

Press-Telegram
Jun 06, 2016
The El Niño winter that forecasters said could drench the state with rain and snow veered north instead, striking mostly the Pacific Northwest. The amount of rain and snow that hit Northern California was a tick above average and looked impressive mostly because it contrasted sharply with the extreme drought of the previous four years. Southern California was wetter than in previous years, but not by much. Now, conditions are shifting, and El Niño’s counterpart, La Niña — a seasonal period marked by lower Pacific temperatures that shrivel rainfall in California — is expected to arrive around early fall and could prolong the dry times in California. “I would be concerned about the drought continuing,” said Dave Pierce, who does El Niño and La Niña forecasts at the Climate Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The Orange County Register
Jun 06, 2016
“I would be concerned about the drought continuing,” said Dave Pierce, who does El Niño and La Niña forecasts at the Climate Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 03, 2016
UC San Diego anthropologist Tom Levy and Scripps Institution of Oceanography geoscientist Dick Norris will visit the Gulf of Corinth in Greece to study how the region’s climate has changed over the past 10,000 years, and how various types of transportation affected the evolution of societies in the eastern Mediterranean.

La Jolla Light
Jun 01, 2016
A green sea turtle was spotted south of La Jolla Shores, Tuesday, May 24, feeding in the reef between The Shores and The Cove. They love to swim in warm and swallow waters, which makes La Jolla Shores a perfect place for them. Curious to learn more about them, La Jolla Light contacted Ryan Schaeffer, lead naturalist for the only sea turtle in residence at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.