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News

Pancake ice in Antarctica's Andvord Bay. Photo: Maria Stenzel

New Research is the First to Relate Antarctic Sea Ice Melt to Weather Change in the Tropics
Diminishing sea ice translates to warmer ocean, more rain, and stronger trade winds

Associate researcher Dimitri Deheyn. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Microplastics: A Macro Problem
Scripps Oceanography at forefront of microplastics research

The weather these seabirds experience on the Galapagos' Isabela Island may be influenced by Arctic sea ice melt. Photo: Ryan Cox

A New Consequence of Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Changing Weather at the Equator
Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena including a new kind of El Niño

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

A New Consequence of Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Changing Weather at the Equator
Research links sea ice retreat with tropical phenomena including a new kind of El Niño

Climate Science in Review: A Look Back on 2019
The biggest news in climate change to come from Scripps this past year

Scripps Scientists Awarded Nearly $5 Million to Study Triggers of Deadly, Toxic Algal Blooms
NOAA ECOHAB grant will aid search for genetic source of toxin production in phytoplankton

Human Health and the Oceans

Scripps Scientists Awarded Nearly $5 Million to Study Triggers of Deadly, Toxic Algal Blooms
NOAA ECOHAB grant will aid search for genetic source of toxin production in phytoplankton

Climate Change Likely to Increase Human Exposure to Toxic Mercury
Environmental factors, such as rising sea temperatures and over-fishing, impact levels of methylmercury in fish

Scientists Develop New Production Method for Seaweed Chemical Used in Brain Research
Researchers find an affordable and effective way to produce kainic acid, an important natural chemical used by neuroscientists

Resilience to Hazards

Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice

Atmospheric Rivers to Become Even More Dominant Source of California Water Resources and Flooding
Research projects that, as other storms decline, atmospheric rivers will strengthen, bringing greater proportion of annual precipitation

Seventy High-Tech Cameras Installed in Southern California Provide Eyes on Fire Prone Areas
ALERTWildfire cameras supported by UC San Diego improve situational awareness during wildfire events

Innovative Observation

Listen Up: Scripps Scientists Use Underwater Microphones to Study Calving Arctic Glacier
Researchers develop new method for measuring glacial retreat by analyzing underwater acoustic recordings of icebergs falling into the ocean

Beaked Whale Strandings in the Mariana Archipelago Associated with Sonar
NOAA and Scripps Oceanography scientists compared acoustic recordings and naval records with eight stranding events

A Scientist’s Life: Sarah Gille
Physical oceanographer uses array of instruments and technologies to study circulation and change in the Southern Ocean

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