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Palm Springs Life
Oct 17, 2014

Some of world’s leading scientists recently gathered to discuss how to advance and provide leadership strategies to combat the alarming rise of sea levels across the planet at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego sponsored the three-day symposium.

Guardian Liberty Voice
Oct 17, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the winter forecast for 2014-2015 is looking wet with temperatures mild compared to last year. The state is currently facing a three-year drought, with 60 percent of the state in an extreme drought conditions. Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego estimate 63 trillion gallons of ground water have been lost due to the drought.

KQED Science
Oct 16, 2014

Frank Oakes is betting his future on a snail. “This fragile California resource could be the basis of multiple life-saving drugs,” said Oakes, who is the CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies Inc., a biomedical company. Giant keyhole limpets contain a valuable protein called KLH, or keyhole limpet hemocyanin, which is being tested in more than 20 different types of cancer vaccines and on autoimmune diseases like Alzheimer’s. Giant keyhole limpets only live off the California coast and no one knows how many exist in the wild. “I have been working in our kelp forest since 1970 and have seen [them] become much more rare over the years,” Paul Dayton, a marine ecologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego said in an email. Because of the market value for the blood protein, Dayton said, “it makes sense that they might be disappearing.”

Oct 15, 2014

For humans, wading into the ocean shallows is generally a good way to cool off. But researchers have found that energy from breaking waves actually warms near-shore waters — in some places, may have a greater effect than sunlight does. Physical oceanographers Gregory Sinnett and Falk Feddersen measured each of those factors in the coastal heat budget using data from buoys and sensors at the seaside campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. They calculated the amount of energy in the waves by measuring their height and speed from buoys offshore. The analysis showed that waves were packing much more heat than the team had expected: roughly one-quarter the amount coming from the southern California sunlight.

NBC News
Oct 12, 2014

The envisioned robotic array known as Deep Argo is an extension of a 3,579-member-strong army of floats already deployed throughout the world's oceans that regularly beam out data on temperature and salinity to a depth of 1.4 miles. "I think personally a lot of the excitement in Deep Argo has to do (with) seeing the ocean circulation and ocean circulation changes that are responsible for getting these property changes into the deep oceans," Dean Roemmich, an oceanographer heading up Deep Argo efforts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, told NBC News.

Fast Company
Oct 10, 2014

The ocean floor is one of the least understood places on Earth. Up to 80% remains unchartered (the area outside shipping lanes, mostly). For hundreds of miles, we have a dim idea of what's on Big Bottom. These maps, which were created using satellites, may not look particularly detailed. But, actually, they're up to four times more accurate than previous renderings of the marine floor, according to researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, University of Sydney, NOAA, and the European Space Agency. They were made using two satellites--Jason-1 and Cryosat-2-- which tracked relative sea surface height from space.

USA Today
Oct 10, 2014

Prince Albert II of Monaco on Friday will open a three-day retreat at Sunnylands that focuses on how the world can adapt as sea levels rise and oceans grow more acidic. "The focus is on solutions," said Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, which is organizing the event along with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

The Desert Sun
Oct 10, 2014

The retreat, which runs through Sunday, was organized by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and theAnnenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

U-T San Diego
Oct 10, 2014

Weather in the West has always been a wild ride of long dry years punctuated on occasion by torrential floods. “Our history is written in great droughts in California,” said Bill Patzert, a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “To have a megadrought we don’t need climate change,” said Alexander Gershunov, a research meteorologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who studies climate variability. “Megadroughts have happened over the last few centuries before we had measurements, and they can certainly happen again. Climate change makes them a little more likely.”