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Dec 05, 2013

Unlike humans, who can flip a switch anytime the sun fails to provide enough light, plants and animals must provide their own solution to the darkness. “Bioluminescence is a primarily marine phenomenon. It is the predominant source of light in the largest fraction of the habitable volume of the earth, the deep ocean,” explains The Bioluminescence Web Page which is developed and supported by Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. #2. Manasquan Beach, New Jersey - “When jostled, each organism will give off a flash of blue light created by a chemical reaction within the cell,” wrote Peter Franks, a biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, on the blog Deep-Sea News. “When billions and billions of cells are jostled — say, by a breaking wave — you get a seriously spectacular flash of light.” Visitors to Manasquan Beach off the Jersey Shore are treated to this beauty during the warmer summer months.

La Jolla Patch
Dec 05, 2013

The study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and MacEwan University in Canada shows rising ocean acidity levels, projected by the end of the century, results in behavioral changes that could impact feeding of fish.

MIT Media Relations
Dec 04, 2013

Now researchers at MIT have found that with the loss of sea ice, the Arctic Ocean is becoming more of a carbon sink. The team modeled changes in Arctic sea ice, temperatures, currents, and flow of carbon from 1996 to 2007, and found that the amount of carbon taken up by the Arctic increased by 1 megaton each year. But the group also observed a somewhat paradoxical effect: A few Arctic regions where waters were warmest were actually less able to store carbon. Instead, these regions -- such as the Barents Sea, near Greenland -- were a carbon source, emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. A paper by Dutkiewicz and co-authors Mick Follows and Christopher Hill of MIT, Manfredi Manizza of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and Dimitris Menemenlis of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

NBC San Diego
Dec 02, 2013

The California Coastal Commission is reviewing plans by University of California, San Diego for a new scenic walkway and vista point on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in La Jolla

Voice of San Diego
Nov 29, 2013

Beach Erosion: San Diego County’s two littoral cells — miles of coastline, basically — have been worn down by population growth, urban sprawl and dams that have changed the way sand filters down to the beaches through the county’s watersheds. This is a problem because “beaches are ‘first responders’ that protect our coasts from erosion when high-energy winter storms bring heavy surf,” according to research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and “sand-starved beaches cannot shield the coast from erosion." Coastal Flooding: The West Coast “caught a break” over the last few decades, but Scripps has found that new wind patterns could start driving sea levels higher this decade. Water Supply: When flood waters surge toward a poorly protected shore, they can compromise the supply of water — something San Diego can’t afford to waste.

Globe & Mail
Nov 28, 2013

In the aftermath of the German and Canadian floods, the victims, the insurers, the media, the politicians and the scientists were all asking the same questions: What caused them? Was it the relentless buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide? Could “extreme” weather events become the new normal or were they once-a-millennium acts of god?

LA Times
Nov 21, 2013

An exploding underwater volcano is causing a new island to form in the Pacific Ocean about 620 miles south of Tokyo, and you can watch a bit of its dramatic rise in the video above.



Nature World News
Nov 21, 2013

A breakthrough in the production of biofuel from marine algae could lead to a new ecnomically sustainable form of alternative energy. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a way to target a specific enzyme inside a group of algae known as diatoms, metabolically engineering a way to increase lipids without hurting growth. The resulting genetically altered strains can be produced broadly in other species, the scientists say. Graduate student Emily Trentacoste led the study, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nov 21, 2013

Graphs don't often seize the public's attention. But the Keeling Curve is one that did. It's hard to imagine today's discussions about climate change without the iconic chart. For more than half a century, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have used it to plot the rise of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. But lately, funding for the Keeling Curve has been sloping downward. The National Science Foundation withdrew support a few years ago, and Keeling has had to cut staff. "Things have never been this dire before," Ralph Keeling told Nature earlier this week. "With the Earth kind of like a sick patient, as soon as you think you might have a cure, you don't stop looking at the health of the patient," Keeling said. "And at this point we don't even have a cure."

Nov 20, 2013

Scientist struggles to maintain long-standing carbon dioxide record and more recent atmospheric-oxygen monitor