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.

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.

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.

Scripps Center for Marine Archeology

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

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.

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.
http://algae.ucsd.edu/

California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations

Studies the marine environment off the coast of California, the management of its living resources, and monitors the indicators of El Nino and climate change.
https://www.calcofi.org

California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research

Investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem.
http://ccelter.sio.ucsd.edu/

California Nevada Applications Program 

Providing cutting edge climate science to stakeholders in water resources, natural resources and coastal resources.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/cnap/

California Sea Grant

Providing services on coastal and marine science and policy issues.
https://caseagrant.ucsd.edu/

California Spatial Reference Center

Maintains a network of GPS control stations to provide a reliable spatial reference system in California.
http://sopac-csrc.ucsd.edu/index.php/csrc-2/

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.
http://caice.ucsd.edu/

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
https://cchdo.ucsd.edu/

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.
http://cdip.ucsd.edu/

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.
https://cordc.ucsd.edu

Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystems and Climate

Facilitates and enhances research cooperation among University of California and other West Coast universities and NOAA entities.
http://scripps.ucsd.edu/cimec

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

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

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.
http://gulfprogram.ucsd.edu/

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.
http://hpwren.ucsd.edu

High-Frequency Radar

Produce synoptic maps of surface currents in near-real time throughout coastal waters of the United States.
https://cordc.ucsd.edu/projects/mapping/maps/

Instrument Development Group

Develops autonomous instrument platforms and sensors for them, builds instrumented vehicles, and operates floats and gliders for such projects.
http://idg.ucsd.edu/

International Deployment of Accelerometers

A global network of broadband seismometers operated by the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
https://ida.ucsd.edu

IODP Science Support Office

Provides logistical and other support for the International Ocean Discovery Program.
http://www.iodp.org/program-organization/science-support-office

Keeling Curve

A daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/

Multi Scale Ocean Dynamics Group

Multiscale Ocean Dynamics (MOD) is a specialized team of oceanographers, engineers, and graduate students solving vexing problems in ocean physics and biology. They develop, build, and deploy novel scientific instrumentation to observe the ocean in new ways. This diverse team collectively spends several months a year at sea making fresh discoveries across the world's oceans.
http://www.mod.ucsd.edu/

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.
https://projectrecover.org/

Scripps Center for Oceans and Human Health (SCOHH)

Our goal is to characterize the biological sources, distributions, chemical composition, biosynthetic mechanisms, exposure and toxicity of the natural, polybrominated, and mixed halogenated organic compounds accumulating globally in marine mammals, fish, and shellfish, and also shown to be present in human breast milk.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/scohh

Scripps Ecological Observatory

Ecological data collected on Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier.
https://ecoobs.ucsd.edu

Scripps High Resolution XBT Network

Upper ocean temperature profiles
http://www.hrx.ucsd.edu

Scripps Orbit and Permanent Array Center (SOPAC)

Processes and archives high-precision GPS data for the study of earthquake hazards, tectonic plate motion, crustal deformation and meteorology.
http://sopac-csrc.ucsd.edu/index.php/sopac/

Scripps Plankton Camera System

An underwater microscope with real-time image processing and object detection.
http://spc.ucsd.edu

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.
https://shorestations.ucsd.edu

Smartfin

Developing surfboard fins with sensors that will measure multiple ocean parameters.
https://smartfin.axds.co/#map

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.
https://sccoos.org

Spray Underwater Glider Data

An autonomous long range platform to unveil the oceans.
https://spraydata.ucsd.edu

U.S. Global Ocean Carbon and Repeat Hydrography Program

Part of the international GO-SHIP program, which carries out a systematic and global re-occupation of select hydrographic sections to quantify changes in storage and transport of heat, fresh water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and related parameters
https://usgoship.ucsd.edu/

US Array

A continental scale seismic observatory.
http://www.usarray.org