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Over the next few decades, communities, regions, governments and businesses around the world will need strategies for adaptation to climate change and other environmental hazards. Adaptation to such changes requires deep knowledge of the basic environmental forcing of change, as well as understanding of risk, economics, culture, societal structure, politics and other characteristics that will determine how individuals, businesses, societies and governments adapt. 

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U.S. and Indian scientists prior to July monsoon expedition in the Bay of Bengal. Photo: San Nguyen

Technological Feats Highlight Scripps Oceanography Monsoon Research
Scientists examine a weather phenomenon central to the lives of billions from multiple angles

A sea lion suffering from domoic acid poisoning in Los Angeles County in 2019. Photo: Peter Wallerstein/ Marine Animal Rescue

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

A coral reef in the Central Pacific. PC: Mike Fox

Scientists Find that Corals Rely More on Hunting than Previously Thought
New findings could help scientists predict the fate of coral reefs

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

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

Research Highlight: Scientists Bring the Ocean into the Lab to Study Human Impacts on the Ocean and Climate
Interdisciplinary SeaSCAPE project utilizes large wave tank to look at how human pollution is affecting the ability of ocean biology to control clouds and climate

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

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

Technological Feats Highlight Scripps Oceanography Monsoon Research
Scientists examine a weather phenomenon central to the lives of billions from multiple angles

Research Highlight: Scientists Find Key Changes in Gray Whale Migration Routes off Southern California
Increasing numbers of gray whales migrating closer to shore could put whales at risk for ship strikes, entanglements, and pollution

Research Highlight: Internal Tsunamis Can Alter Bodies of Water Profoundly
Underwater landslides cause long-range displacement of sediment and large-scale current alteration