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The Boston Globe
Dec 31, 2014

Luca Centurioni, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who measures currents around the world, said it would not be surprising for the floating debris to have drifted 60 miles since Sunday morning, especially in unsettled weather. “The currents are not terribly strong,” he said in a telephone interview, “but the waves can be big and the wind can push objects quite a bit.”

Scientific American
Dec 30, 2014

For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. There, the effects of global warming bite into fisheries, ecosystems and ice. But those effects are largely imperceptible to humans—as invisible to a landlubber as an albatross chomping on a baited hook at the end of a long line. “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming,” Sarah Gille, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego professor, said when we spoke with her earlier this year. “Extra heat means extra sea level rise, since warmer water is less dense, so a warmer ocean expands.” As seas continue to swell, flooding cities and infrastructure, they’re also going to continue to become more acidic.

Dec 29, 2014

The church is prioritizing climate change just months after the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan organized a Vatican meeting on the issue.

High Country News
Dec 22, 2014

Grass on the sand dunes dawdles in a breeze. The air drifting in from the Pacific Ocean is clear and cool on this gray February morning. But Kimberly Prather is not outside inhaling its salty tang. Instead, she stands in a windowless trailer parked behind the dunes, experiencing the air second-hand as it filters through a tangle of humming machines, tubes and wires.

Pioneer News
Dec 22, 2014

Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California-San Diego marine biologist Doug Bartlett comments “Drazen and colleagues have obtained the deepest fish yet recovered.”

Dec 19, 2014

A ship full of marine scientists is floating over the deepest part of the world: the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. They're sending down probes to study life in one of the most hostile environments on the planet. This week the researchers are targeting the two deepest spots in the trench — the Sirena Deep and the Challenger Deep — which each extend down about 7 miles beneath the ocean's surface. Douglas Bartlett, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is the chief scientist aboard the research vessel Falkor, which is operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Bartlett describes undersea trenches like the Mariana, which stretches hundreds of miles across the floor of the western Pacific, as "inverted islands of biodiversity."

NBC News
Dec 19, 2014

Researchers say they have spotted the deepest living fish ever found — a sea ghost of a snailfish that floated past their video camera at a depth of 26,716 feet (8,143 meters) in the Mariana Trench. The expedition team, led by University of Hawaii marine scientists Jeff Drazen and Patty Fryer, say the white translucent fish with winglike fins and an eel-like tail represents a previously unknown variety of deep-sea creature. Doug Bartlett, a marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who participated in an earlier HADES expedition, said the deepest-fish claim was merited. "Drazen and colleagues have obtained the deepest fish yet recovered," he told NBC News in an email.

AGU Blogosphere: GeoSpace
Dec 17, 2014

The Northern Hemisphere suddenly cooled about 12,800 years ago in an event named the Younger Dryas. Scientists have debated the cause for many years. Recently, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts discovered a massive deposit of Arctic seafloor sediment consistent with a huge flood coming down the Mackenzie River about 13,000 years ago. Shannon Klotsko, a PhD candidate at Scripps, presented the team’s findings in a poster session Monday afternoon at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. “Did it cause the Younger Dryas? The timing seems right, but there’s been some discussion about what lakes it was sourced from,” said Klotsko.

Dec 17, 2014

Depending on the time of day and the season of the year, the air you walk through and pull into your lungs changes more than you might expect. This is just one of many discoveries by Ralph Keeling, a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, who tests the atmosphere the way a police officer might test your breath with a Breathalyzer. For more than two decades Keeling has been measuring the oxygen content of air samples that are collected daily in Hawaii, Antarctica, and elsewhere, sealed into small containers, and shipped to his lab in La Jolla, California. Like traces of alcohol in someone’s breath, slight changes in the composition of the atmosphere can tell a lot about what the world’s combined masses of people, vegetation, and plankton are doing.

Orange County Register
Dec 16, 2014

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, have begun tracking the effects of winter storms and assessing the effectiveness of coastal protection projects such as beach berms. The Seal Beach Winter Storm Beach and Wave Monitoring Project, funded by the USC Sea Grant office and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, began Nov. 19 and will run through March 15. It will enable researchers to observe beach dynamics through an entire storm season. The researchers will measure waves, tides, water levels and the evolution of sand levels, said project principal investigator Timu Gallien, a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps.