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NOAA Selects UC San Diego to Host New Cooperative Institute to Study Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Systems
Selection awards $220 million over five years

Glowing blue waves near a pier at night.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Red Tides
Bioluminescent waves spotted along the coastline, from Baja California to Los Angeles

Coral-Inspired Biomaterials Could Lead to Highly Efficient Biofuel Production
Biologists and engineers design 3D printed corals that could help energy production and coral reefs

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Air Pollution’s Connection to Infant Mortality
New study reveals air pollution, even from natural sources, has critical impacts on child health

New Study Looks at How the “Blob” Came Back
Scripps Oceanography and CIRES scientists find that weak winds in the Pacific drove record-breaking 2019 summertime marine heat wave

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

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

New Study Looks at How the “Blob” Came Back
Scripps Oceanography and CIRES scientists find that weak winds in the Pacific drove record-breaking 2019 summertime marine heat wave

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