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Oct 28, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors are urging the U.S. Geological Survey Tuesday to continue funding two earthquake detection stations in the region and register its support for an early warning system. The USGS has proposed cutting the Precision Geodetic Network, or Geodesy, which measures tension along the San Jacinto Fault, and the ANZA Seismic Network, which has 21 sensors along the fault zone and five stations elsewhere. Both are run by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, according to the supervisors. "The loss of these critical networks would inhibit our ability to prepare and plan for major earthquakes in San Diego County," Supervisor Greg Cox wrote in a letter to his colleagues. Cox is also slated to join with Scripps Geosciences Research Professor Neal Driscoll and Scripps earthquake science specialist Luciana Astiz at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tuesday afternoon to reiterate the call for continued earthquake detection funding in San Diego County.

National Geographic: Voices
Oct 28, 2014

Since the late 1800s, when the first well was tapped, oil and gas development has remained an infamous enemy in the eyes of many California residents and ocean conservation groups. However, with the rigs’ potential to be decommissioned in the next decade, the worlds of oil and gas development and ocean conservation meet at an important policy crossroads: safely eliminating the eye sore and liability of California’s oil and gas platforms while still protecting the valuable and fragile ecosystems that have formed on and around these structures.
Emily Callahan and I (Amber Jackson), both of us former graduate students at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, investigate this question with a mission to explore, understand and try to communicate the value of a healthy relationship between offshore oil and gas development and conserving ocean resources.

Hydro International
Oct 27, 2014

Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG, Canada), in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works (Fukada), has completed a high resolution Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of near surface gas hydrates using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japanese waters.

NBC News
Oct 25, 2014

The annual number of “great” earthquakes nearly tripled over the last decade, providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the northwest United States might be due for a Big One. But nobody can predict exactly when that might happen, or what it will be like. “The last 10 years have been interesting for seismologists because we have learned that great subduction zone earthquakes occur in many different ways and there do not seem to be any simple rules to predict the kind of behavior to expect,” says Peter Shearer, a professor of geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “Thus we can’t reliably assess at this point whether the Cascadia subduction zone will eventually break mostly in a single giant earthquake or a series of large earthquakes.”

Times of San Diego
Oct 24, 2014

Starting in November, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers will embark on an ambitious mission to install a seismic array on Antarctica’s climate-threatened Ross Ice Shelf. Scientists are concerned about whether sea level rise from increased melting in Greenland and Antarctica due to global warning could cause the sudden collapse of ice shelves, raising the sea level more. “Making baseline measurements is critical to identify the rate at which changes in the ice sheet are occurring, especially the subtle changes that can be recorded by seismometers that may escape detection by satellite altimetry or other means,” said Scripps research oceanographer Peter Bromirski, the project’s lead investigator.

The Ecologist
Oct 23, 2014

Southern hemisphere oceans are warming at double the expected rate, a new study has found, explaining why surface warming has slowed over the last decade - the oceans have absorbed the 'missing' heat. “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming,” Sarah Gille, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego professor who was not involved in the study, told Climate Central.

Oct 23, 2014

Kids are invited to dress up and get free candy in La Jolla this Friday and Saturday at Birch's Haunted Aquarium.

Oct 21, 2014

Taiwan Shipwreck Is Major Loss for Ocean Research, Scientists Say

The 10 October shipwreck of Taiwan’s R/V Ocean Researcher V (OR‐V), which resulted in the death of two people, is a major setback for ocean research in Taiwan, scientists told Eos. Bruce Appelgate, associate director for ship operations and marine technical support at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, told Eos that the loss of the vessel "would constitute a profound setback for any oceanographic institution, and this loss will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the oceanographic community, especially Taiwanese scientists and their colleagues around the world who study the South China Sea and waters around Taiwan, because [OR-V] was so well equipped for scientific research." Scripps physical oceanographer Rob Pinkel added that Taiwanese researchers have been generous in sharing their research vessels with U.S. and other international colleagues.

Times of San Diego
Oct 21, 2014

The continental shelf off of America’s coasts represents a vast area for future development of energy resources, from oil and gas to renewable wind and wave energy, a federal official said Tuesday.

William Y. Brown, chief environmental officer for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, outlined a series of projects for researches and students at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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.