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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.

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.

Nature World News
Mar 28, 2015

Back in 2009, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, nations around the world drew a hypothetical line in the sand, pledging to do everything in their power to prevent the world annual average temperature from warming an additional two degrees Celsius (3.6 °F) - known as the Copenhagen Accord. Nearly six years later, experts are saying that even this lofty goal won't be enough to save many nations. A recent report from researchers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego shares that sentiment, saying that "owing to continued failures to mitigate emissions globally, rising emissions are on track to blow through this limit eventually."

The Washington Post
Mar 27, 2015

In December, researchers reported that West Antarctica, one of the world’s most unstable ice sheets, is collapsing faster than anyone had predicted and contributing to rapid sea level rise. In a study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the UC San Diego, they found that Antarctic ice shelves have been losing volume at an increasing pace in the past 18 years. But amid all that flux, the shelves’ overall volume ought to stay the same, study co-author Helen Amanda Fricker said.

Daily Mail
Mar 26, 2015

"There has been more and more ice being lost from Antarctica's floating ice shelves," said glaciologist Helen Fricker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Science News
Mar 26, 2015

Using ice thickness measurements collected by satellites from 1994 to 2012, glaciologist Fernando Paolo of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues analyzed how recent warming has impacted Antarctica’s ice.

Mar 26, 2015

"We are starting to lose more ice at a faster rate; we're accelerating," says Helen Fricker, a climate scientist at University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In fact, she says the rate of shrinking has increased by 70 percent over the past decade.