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The New Zealand Herald
Feb 04, 2015

One of the world's leading oceanographers, Professor Dean Roemmich of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, has been basing himself at Wellington over the summer to analyse data being gathered by the global network of 3750 Argo floats.

U-T San Diego
Feb 03, 2015

As Californians wait expectantly for rain, Scripps scientists are flying through storms to find out what causes downfalls. The researchers, with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Department of Energy, and NASA, are exploring how atmospheric rivers – vast currents of airborne water that sweep across the Pacific – generate snowfall that feeds California’s water system. A single atmospheric river can carry 25 times as much water as the Mississippi River, said Marty Ralph, a Scripps atmospheric researcher and director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes. “It’s unbelievably fun” said Kim Prather, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego and a lead researcher on the CalWater project. “It’s really neat to be able to fly through these storms and clouds. You can physically measure in real time what’s inside the cloud.”

Capital Public Radio
Feb 03, 2015

“If they don’t have the little particles in the air for the cloud droplets to initially grow on, or to take the cloud drops and turn them into ice, all that water vapor – much of it is going to go right past us and we’re not going to receive the benefit of that,” says Marty Ralph with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Sydney Morning Herald
Feb 03, 2015

The world's oceans are heating at the rate of two trillion 100-watt light bulbs burning continuously, providing a clear signal of global warming, according to new study assessing data from a global fleet of drifting floats. The research, published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change, used data collected from the array of about 3500 Argo buoys from 2006-13 to show temperatures were warming at about 0.005 degrees a year down to a depth of 500 metres and 0.002 degrees between 500-2000 metres. The Nature study was led by Dean Roemmich of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

New York Times Dot Earth Blog
Feb 02, 2015

A fresh analysis of thousands of temperature measurements from deep-diving Argo ocean probes shows (yet again) that Earth is experiencing “unabated planetary warming” when you factor in the vast amount of greenhouse-trapped heat that ends up in the sea. This is not even close to a new finding, but the new study shows more precisely where most of the heat has been going since 2006 (in the Southern Ocean outside the tropics; see the red splotches in the map below).

Los Angeles Times
Feb 02, 2015

The dry January was the topic of discussion Monday at a meeting held by the Sonoma County Water Agency, which provides drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin counties -- relying exclusively on rainfall captured in two reservoirs. The snowpack, paltry as it is, has no impact on Lake Mendocino and the larger Lake Sonoma to the southwest. And although the atmospheric river that brought drenching rains in December was a blessing, little has happened since. To better plan and hold on to crucial supplies, the agency has been working closely with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, as well as the state Department of Water Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to better predict when an atmospheric river is--or isn’t--coming.

Feb 02, 2015

"Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make."

Science Careers
Jan 30, 2015

For some scientists, building research teams and designating projects might be a matter of survival. Professor Helen Amanda Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, does research that includes deep-field sample collection, for example in Antarctica. Fricker says everyone in her group eventually has to sit down at a computer and analyze their data, but they do a bit of self-sorting around the data sources. People who aren't polar explorers at heart can work on projects that use satellite data or computer modeling. When people joining Fricker's team specifically ask to collect glaciology data onsite, she tries to accommodate them. However, she says, "The people who do that work need stamina to endure the tough conditions and the work hours."

Orange County Register
Jan 30, 2015

We already knew that for the planet, last year was a record breaker for heat. But now we also know that last year was the hottest ever in Orange County. That high-pressure ridge is blamed for the lowest three-year rainfall average in the county’s history, made dust fields in the Central Valley and caused snowpack in the Sierra Nevada to plunge to 12 percent of the long-term average.  “If you reduce your cloudiness, then you see an increase in temperature,” said Rachel Schwartz, a doctoral candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who studies the relationship between sea surface temperatures and coastal clouds.

The Guardian
Jan 29, 2015

Past climate events provide informative case studies for understanding what is currently happening to the modern climate system. For this research, marine sediment core records across the Pacific Ocean were used to reconstruct the subsurface “footprint” of dissolved oxygen loss during abrupt global climate warming. I asked Dr Lisa A Levin, Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for her perspective on climate-influenced oxygen changes. She told me, "It is important that oxygen appears on our ‘radar screen’ as we look into the future, for oxygen loss in the ocean exerts critical control on the numbers, types and distributions of fish and shellfish that we harvest. By understanding the coupling in the past between the global climate system and oxygen in the ocean we are better prepared to adapt human activities to future changes in oxygenation."