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The Gulf Stream, part of the larger Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation system. Photo: NASA

Research Highlight: Climate Model Predicts Faster Warming for the North Atlantic Ocean
As aerosol emissions decline, heat uptake in the North Atlantic could increase dramatically

Marine biologist and documentarian Cynthia Matzke

Scripps Alumna and Sally Ride Science Instructor to Embark on Arctic Expedition
Cynthia Matzke, MAS '14, will study climate issues and engage in outreach to build an understanding of environmental changes and Inuit culture

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Research Highlight: Modeling Technique Could Aid Estimates of Fish Populations
How many juvenile fish become adults in certain fisheries may be more predictable than previously thought

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Research Highlight: Climate Model Predicts Faster Warming for the North Atlantic Ocean
As aerosol emissions decline, heat uptake in the North Atlantic could increase dramatically

Research Highlight: Hot Cars Can Hit Life-Threatening Levels in Approximately One Hour
Interior temperatures can rise to 116° F, potentially causing fatal injuries to children trapped inside

Campus Summit Encourages Collaboration to Solve Environmental Woes
Inaugural UP Summit brought together researchers and policymakers for the good of the planet

Human Health and the Oceans

Scripps Student Spotlight: Christopher Leber
Graduate student researches marine chemical ecology and marine natural products

Researchers Identify Bacteria and Viruses Ejected from the Ocean
Team of atmospheric chemists and medical researchers use Scripps Oceanography facility to study properties of microbes incorporated in aerosols

Campus Summit Encourages Collaboration to Solve Environmental Woes
Inaugural UP Summit brought together researchers and policymakers for the good of the planet

Resilience to Hazards

Campus Summit Encourages Collaboration to Solve Environmental Woes
Inaugural UP Summit brought together researchers and policymakers for the good of the planet

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires
Scripps HPWREN program among awardees

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Air Force, NOAA Poised to Probe Atmospheric Rivers
Weather reconnaissance flights to be made during peak of storm season

Innovative Observation

Campus Summit Encourages Collaboration to Solve Environmental Woes
Inaugural UP Summit brought together researchers and policymakers for the good of the planet

Department of Defense Awards Funds to Ten UC San Diego Researchers to Develop Instrumentation
Seven of the DURIP awards to Scripps research will support instrumentation that enables observation of marine acoustics, ocean-atmosphere interface

Scripps Student Spotlight: Regina Guazzo
Biological oceanography graduate student uses acoustic technology to study gray whale migration

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