Hazards

Satellite image showing smoke from Southern California's wildfires in 2007.

Satellite image showing smoke from Southern California's wildfires in 2007.

Researchers at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography engage in basic research to expand our knowledge and understanding of natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, storm waves, floods, erosion, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and harmful algal blooms, as well as their impacts. Scripps researchers also develop, install and operate observing systems to monitor, study and predict events.  

Some important programs include Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System's real-time surface current mapping network for tracking and mitigating response to oil spills and improving search and rescue operations and safe boating, and the ANZA Seismic Network, providing real-time seismic information for Southern California.