Centers and Programs

Scripps Centers

Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Promotes interdisciplinary research and educational approaches to maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems and manage their use in the face of rapid and inevitable global change.

Director(s): Sandin, Stuart

Established: 2001 (Last review in 2017)

Governance: MBRD

Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

Provide water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of western North America.

Director(s): Ralph, Marty

Established: 2013 (Last review in FY 2017)

Governance: CASPO

Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Our mission is to advance interdisciplinary science and applications that empower people and communities to better understand climate change impacts and implement adaptation strategies.

Director(s): Merrifield, Mark

Established: 2017

Governance: IOD

Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology

Conducts research to study and understand the relationship between the marine environment and human societies.

Director(s): Rivera-collazo, Isabel; Mcdonald, Christian;

Established: 2016

Governance: Scripps / UCSD Dept. of Anthropology

Scripps Polar Center

Investigating everything from ocean physics to ice sheet and glacier dynamics to the ecology of the organisms that live at the poles.

Director(s): Straneo, Fiamma; Fricker, Helen Amanda

Established: 2018

Governance: IGPP / CASPO

Centers have been established to promote a compelling Scripps research priority with an interdisciplinary approach to collaborations within and outside Scripps, UC San Diego, other universities, government agencies, or industry. These centers contribute to Scripps purpose and mission in research, education, and public service, and adhere to campus diversity goals. They are reviewed every five years for relevance to Scripps research priorities, scholary quality, assessment of Director's performance and projected changes to the mission and objectives of the center.

Other Centers and Programs

California Center for Algae Biotechnology

Identifying innovative solutions that partner algae research with private industry for commercial success.

California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations

CalCOFI is a long-term, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral ecosystem research program off the coast of California that holistically studies the physics, biogeochemistry, and biology of the marine environment to inform the sustainable management of marine resources in the context of climate change

California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research

Investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem.

California Nevada Applications Program 

Providing cutting edge climate science to stakeholders in water resources, natural resources and coastal resources.

California Sea Grant

Providing services on coastal and marine science and policy issues.

California Spatial Reference Center

Maintains a network of GPS control stations to provide a reliable spatial reference system in California.

Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment

CAICE is a Center for Chemical Innovation focused on the fundamental chemistry behind the impact of aerosol particles on our climate.

CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office

One of Scripps's longest-running data centers, serving reference-quality hydrographic ocean data to an international community for over 20 years

Coastal Data Information Program

Measures, analyzes, archives, and disseminates coastal environment data for use by coastal engineers, planners, and managers, as well as scientists and mariners.

Coastal Observing Research and Development Center

Develops and implements coastal observatories, serves as a science and technical interface with local, state, and federal agencies, and manages various system components.

Coastal Processes Group

The group focuses on observing and modeling coastal processes including beach evolution, cliff erosion, and nearshore waves.

Cooperative Institute for Marine, Earth and Atmosphere Systems (CIMEAS)

CIMEAS conducts collaborative, multidisciplinary research on climate, ocean and ecosystems to support NOAA’s mission.

Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array

The Global Ocean Biogeochemical float program supports robotic ocean-monitoring float profiles around the globe that are used by scientists and educators to better understand ocean health.

Gulf of California Marine Program

Dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and management issues and policies in the region.

High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network

Supports Internet-data applications in the research, education, and public safety realms in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties.

High-Frequency Radar

Produce synoptic maps of surface currents in near-real time throughout coastal waters of the United States.

Instrument Development Group

Develops autonomous instrument platforms and sensors for them, builds instrumented vehicles, and operates floats and gliders for such projects.

International Deployment of Accelerometers

A global network of broadband seismometers operated by the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

IODP Science Support Office

Provides logistical and other support for the International Ocean Discovery Program.

Keeling Curve

A daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration.

ODYSEA (Ocean DYnamics and Surface Exchange with the Atmosphere)

ODYSEA is a Doppler scatterometer that builds on the legacy of the airborne DopplerScatt that is being used as part of S-MODE. ODYSEA's simultaneous measurements of winds and currents will offer new opportunities for science and applications

Project Recover

A collaborative effort to enlist 21st century science and technology to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since World War II.

Scripps Ecological Observatory

Ecological data collected on Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier.

Scripps High Resolution XBT Network

Upper ocean temperature profiles

Shore Stations Program

Collects and provides access to current and historical data records of sea surface temperature (SST) and salinity (SSS) measurements observed at shoreline stations along the coast of California.


Developing surfboard fins with sensors that will measure multiple ocean parameters.


Processes and archives high-precision GPS data for the study of earthquake hazards, tectonic plate motion, crustal deformation and meteorology.

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System

Our primary goal is to provide the scientific data and information needed to inform decision-making and better understand the changing conditions of the coastal ocean in Southern California.

Spray Underwater Glider Data

An autonomous long range platform to unveil the oceans.


StartBlue is an accelerator from Scripps Institution of Oceanography & Rady School of Management that supports the formation of advanced science and engineering startups tackling ocean-focused challenges and solutions integrated into science, industry, investment, and government networks.

U.S. Global Ocean Carbon and Repeat Hydrography Program

The U.S. Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program is part of an international network of hydrographic research cruises repeating measurements on a decadal time scale

US Array

A continental scale seismic observatory.