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KPBS
Nov 17, 2015
Evening Edition host Peggy Pico talks with Dan Cayan, climate researcher with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the US Geological Survey, and Alex Tardy, meteorologist with National Weather Service, about San Diego experiencing a series of extremely high tides and how might the warm water Blob off our coast factor into all this.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov 14, 2015
Global warming, predicted to make the shortages worse, will at some point come out of its hiatus, say UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists in new research. They released their findings this month in a study published in Nature Geoscience.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov 14, 2015
Thousands of world leaders and scientists will meet in Paris next month for the United Nations conference on climate change. A key goal of the summit is to reach agreement on limiting or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Among those attending the Paris conference will be Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Scripps scientists Richard Somerville and Lisa Levin. The three met recently with The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board to discuss climate change and the upcoming conference. Here is an edited transcript of the interview.

Wired
Nov 13, 2015
But scientists know practically nothing about beaked whales, a family that makes up about a quarter of all cetacean species. Mostly, that’s because beaked whales live in the places humans can’t easily reach—they evolved to spend long periods of time foraging in the deep ocean, only surfacing for minutes at a time. So Simone Baumann-Pickering, a biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, uses a different tactic: tracking and analyzing the high-pitched clicks the whales make when they hunt. She and her team drop large cubic meter-sized instruments to record the sounds on the ocean floor, everything from the low-frequency hum of baleen whales to passing ships to the ambient rush of water. Then, after the data come back, she reverse-engineers the soundtrack and picks out the whales’ high-pitched echolocation.

Reuters
Nov 13, 2015
El Nino's warm currents have brought fish in an unexpected spectrum of shapes and colors from Mexican waters to the ocean off California's coast, thrilling scientists with the sight of bright tropical species and giving anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big catch. Creatures that have made a splash by venturing north in the past several weeks range from a whale shark, a gentle plankton-eating giant that ranks as the world's largest fish and was seen off Southern California, to two palm-sized pufferfish, a species with large and endearing eyes, that washed ashore on the state's central coast. The first ever sighting off California's coast of a largemouth blenny fish was made over the summer near San Diego, said Phil Hastings, a curator of marine vertebrates at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. That species had previously only been seen further south, he said, off Mexico's Baja California.

KPBS
Nov 13, 2015
Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla Thursday announced a $700,000 gift from a private firm to support an earthquake detection system in Southern California. The money from Seismic Warning Systems Inc., of Scotts Valley, will help pay for the continued operation of the Anza Seismic Network, which encompasses 28 earthquake monitoring stations in San Diego and Riverside counties. "The Anza network provides critical data to help detect and transmit earthquake hazard information to protect lives and infrastructure," said Margaret Leinen, vice chancellor of marine sciences at UC San Diego and director of Scripps Oceanography. "Seismic Warning Systems has stepped up to provide the kind of critical private funding that makes a difference to our science and our society.”

Times of San Diego
Nov 12, 2015
A private gift of $700,000 will keep open a critical earthquake detection network that had been threatened by federal budget cuts, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced Thursday.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nov 12, 2015
The research vessel Sally Ride -- the next ship to be added to a fleet operated by UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- is nearing completion and will undergo sea trials next year.

Wired.com
Nov 12, 2015
The ocean’s chemical changes are especially wrenching for denizens of deep water, says Lisa Levin, a biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in a paper published in Science today.

KPBS
Nov 12, 2015
Are you prepared for the potential effects of El Niño? Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will hold a public informational event at 7 p.m. on Thursday to discuss the strengthening weather phenomenon.