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The Daily Mirror
Apr 01, 2015

The R/P FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) is not just any boat. The FLIP can purposefully flood its ballast in order to raise the back platform 17 meters (55ft) out of the water. It's something that needs to be seen to be believed. The ship is currently run by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The Guardian
Mar 31, 2015

A weather station on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula recorded what may be the highest temperature ever on the continent, while a separate study published in the journal Science found that the losses of ice shelf volume in the western Antarctic had increased by 70% in the last decade. Helen A Fricker of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, a co-author of the Science report, said that there was not necessarily a correlation between recent temperature fluctuations and disappearing ice.

U-T San Diego
Mar 31, 2015

It’s official: San Diego experienced the warmest March on record, compiling an average monthly temperature of 66.6 degrees, which is 7.2 degrees above normal. The previous record was 64.3 degrees, set in 1978. “No one definitively knows why this is happening,” said David Pierce, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Nature World News
Mar 28, 2015

Back in 2009, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, nations around the world drew a hypothetical line in the sand, pledging to do everything in their power to prevent the world annual average temperature from warming an additional two degrees Celsius (3.6 °F) - known as the Copenhagen Accord. Nearly six years later, experts are saying that even this lofty goal won't be enough to save many nations. A recent report from researchers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego shares that sentiment, saying that "owing to continued failures to mitigate emissions globally, rising emissions are on track to blow through this limit eventually."

The Washington Post
Mar 27, 2015

In December, researchers reported that West Antarctica, one of the world’s most unstable ice sheets, is collapsing faster than anyone had predicted and contributing to rapid sea level rise. In a study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the UC San Diego, they found that Antarctic ice shelves have been losing volume at an increasing pace in the past 18 years. But amid all that flux, the shelves’ overall volume ought to stay the same, study co-author Helen Amanda Fricker said.

Science News
Mar 26, 2015

Using ice thickness measurements collected by satellites from 1994 to 2012, glaciologist Fernando Paolo of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues analyzed how recent warming has impacted Antarctica’s ice.

Mar 26, 2015

However, those 5 years of data are too few to fully identify trends in volume loss in many regions of Antarctica, says Fernando Paolo, a Ph.D. student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. To get the biggest picture now available, Paolo and his colleagues stitched together satellite radar altimetry data from three consecutive and overlapping missions: the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) ERS-1 and ERS-2 (which flew from 1991 to 2000 and 1995 to 2011, respectively), and ESA’s ENVISAT mission, which collected data from 2002 to 2012. Together, the three missions span nearly 20 years of observations.

Daily Mail
Mar 26, 2015

"There has been more and more ice being lost from Antarctica's floating ice shelves," said glaciologist Helen Fricker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Mar 26, 2015

"We are starting to lose more ice at a faster rate; we're accelerating," says Helen Fricker, a climate scientist at University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In fact, she says the rate of shrinking has increased by 70 percent over the past decade.

Public Radio International
Mar 24, 2015

With its vibrant red coloring, the ruby seadragon hardly seems like a stealthy creature. Yet the marine fish evaded discovery until only recently. The delicate seadragons live exclusively in the waters off the southern coast of Western Australia. For the past 150 years scientists have assumed that there are only two species: the orange-tinted leafy seadragon and the yellow-speckled common seadragon. Then Josefin Stiller, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, took a look at a tissue sample sent to her by Perth’s Western Australian Museum. The sample from Perth didn't look like like anything special, but DNA sequencing revealed something else: It came from what seemed to be a third, previously unknown species of seadragon. “It was a huge surprise,” Stiller says.